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Osteoporosis

Taking Actonel for more than 2 years

10/27/2006

Question:

I have been taking Actonel for 2 years now, I just had a bone density test & the results are good. The Dr. said I could stop taking the drug or continue on for 2 more years. What are the advantages of taking it for 2 more years? Will I see more improvement?

Answer:

It is hard to say if your bone density will continue to improve.  If your density is near the normal range, you could stop taking the drug for a year or two and then recheck the density.  The bone density will not stay where it is indefinitely.  You will eventually start to lose bone again.

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Response by:

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