If you have broken a bone as a result of osteoporosis then you are more likely to break another.
The aim of all drug treatments is to lower your risk of future fractures and there are a range of effective medications that do just that. Some are available only from specialists.
A number of effective medications are approved for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. These medications must be tailored to a person’s specific needs and used in conjunction with recommended lifestyle changes.
Bisphosphonates (alendronic acid, risedronate, ibandronate) tablets are part of a ‘family’ of drugs that are commonly prescribed by doctors for people with osteoporosis.
If taken correctly they reduce your risk of breaking a bone by 50%. However, they are poorly absorbed, which is why you need to take them correctly.
Top tips when taking your weekly or monthly bisphosphonate tablets
- Take the tablet first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Swallow the tablet whole with a large glass (250ml) of tap water.
- Remain upright. Do not lay down.
- Move around for 60 minutes if you can.
- Wait 60 minutes before having any food or drink (other than tap water).
- Do not take your calcium supplement on the morning you take your bisphosphonate tablet (wait at least 4 hours). If you prefer, have a calcium supplement free day.
- Ask your local pharmacist to do a ‘medicines use review’, especially if you are taking medicines for other health conditions (see below video of a medicines use review).
- Speak to your dentist, good dental hygiene is important.
Example video of a Medicines Use Review
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