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Osteoporosis

Should I start taking a drug like Fosomax

08/08/2006

Question:

My recent bone density study showed I was -1.32 do you think I should be taking a drug like fosomax. I do not have a family history of osteoporosis. I am 60 years old white female 5`6`` 105 lbs.I am concerned about the side effects of the drugs

Answer:

With the history you mention and a T-Score (NOT a Z-score) of -1.32, it is unlikely that you would need to take a prescription drug.   Be sure to review risk factors for fracture with your physician before making a final decision.  Continue with adequate calcium, vitamin D and exercise.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati