Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Newly Diagnoised
    nochick posted:

    I was just told I have ostepenia and not osteporasis. Is one less serious than the other. Also I was given Boniva to take. Is this an estrogen? Just wondering because I had breast cancer 10 years ago and remember the doctor saying I should not be given hormonal meds. I am so afraid of taking the osteo drugs because of all of the SERIOUS side effects. Can just Vitamin D help reverse my bone loss?
    bonebabe responded:
    To answer your questions:

    No, Boniva is not an estrogen. You could also take Evista as it is a synthetic hormone that is often given to breast cancer patients.

    No, Vitamin D alone cannot reverse your bone loss.

    The "serious" side effects of osteo drugs are over-hyped and are rare. The benefits certainly outweigh the risks if you have a high risk of fracture.

    Osteopenia is a term used to define low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a diagnosed disease. Having osteopenia doesn't mean you won't fracture. Having osteoporosis doesn't mean you will. In fact, more people with osteopenia fracture than do those with osteoporosis.

    Go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation website for a lot of information on your questions and more. It's the gold standard of osteo research. .

    Also make sure you're getting 1200 mg of calcium each day, taken in split doses at mealtimes, along with 1000 IU of Vit D. Your body needs it and your Boniva won't work withouth it.

    Helpful Tips

    Good luck... More
    Was this Helpful?
    2 of 3 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website