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Do you know what is the function of your Osteoarthis Medication? Do you know what the side effects are? Please read this article before you take another pill. If you have answered yes or no to any of these questions, read on.
When you receive a new prescription from the doctor you normally get it filled and take it without a thought as to the side effects. The doctor may or may not explain them. This is wrong. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of this medication before you take it.
I have learned that the Osteoporosis medication is suppose to build bone but actually makes them flexible, not stronger, though it may look better on X Ray. The medicine stops bad osteoclasts (breaks down bone and makes them brittle) but also the good osteoblasts (which build bone). Brittle bones can easily break. No matter which of the several medications you take for Osteoporosis, you must be aware of the dreadful side effects.
This is my sister’s story. She started taking Osteoporosis medication in January. It is a pill you only take once a month. This is actually a cancer medication, and since you take it only once a month, it is stronger than those you take weekly. Her whole body started to weaken. She developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
This caused depression since she could not maintain her career which she loved and had considerable respect. She also had muscle aches. After taking the medication for five months she had a slight cold and lost her voice for a short period. During that short period she did what most people do when they have a sore throat, they whisper. She took cold medication and her voice returned once again.
A week later her voice vanished and never returned. After visiting several doctors her pulmonary doctor suggested a specialist. She made her appointment with the Ears, Nose and Throat doctor (ENT). He did a scope of her vocal cords in the office and her life changed and has never been the same since.
He found severe redness and swelling in the throat, and the muscles normally used for speaking were not being used. When she had the scratchy throat she whispered, for 2 months, and used the wrong muscles. They got stronger, but sprained from overuse or hyperfunction . Now she is in Speech Therapy relearning how to speak using the correct muscles. She has been on total voice rest for 2 months so far.
Also, he found she had Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) which is an acid reflux disease that starts in your stomach, goes up the esophagus and can spill over onto the voice box. For the first five months taking the medicine she had no heartburn or sore throat. It was a “silent” enemy. Now she is on a food restriction diet, antacid medicine, and must sleep with the head of the bed elevated, another major readjustment.
The side effects from the Osteoporosis medicine are more extensive than what I have described. Check out the different websites and talk to your Pharmacist before you take this kind of medication. If you are already taking it think long and hard before you take the next pill.
I found out the safest way to fight osteoporosis is to take Calcium with magnesium, Zinc, and vitamin D (or 15 minutes of sunshine). The bones need “loading”, so walking is great for exercise. It helps to stick to a workout routine, so make it fun: use music, pets, or friends.
For some people there are not any problems. For others the problems haven’t happened yet or are waiting to happen. There are many side effects from Osteoporosis Medication that are not listed in this article. Look them up. You may have side effects and do not know it.
Thank you for reading my article. Please feel free to read any of my numerous articles on many subjects.
Copyright Linda E. Meckler 2007
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