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    Actonel After Five Years?
    An_239887 posted:
    I have been taking Actonel since I was diagnosed over 10 years ago with a mild case of osteoponia. Even though I could (and should) lose 20 pounds, I am an active 61 year old who takes daily calcium supplements with Vitamin D, works out with weights twice a week, does cardio on an elliptical for 20 minutes twice a week, attends a weekly yoga class, and takes hiking vacations. My last bone scan two years ago showed I had improved in bone density.

    Recently, I read in Ladies Home Journal that after five years an individual could have REVERSE effects from bone-building drugs like Actonel, effects like weaker bones and more potential for breaking bones. Obviously, I am concerned because I have been taking Actonel for over 10 years now, and I am now considering stopping taking my monthly pill. Should I?
    Tomato05 responded:
    Maybe ask your doctor's advice (or an endocrinologist), but I know that doctors usually advise a "drug holiday" after 5 years - even if you stop it temporarily for a year or two.

    During that period you could focus on taking calcium, vit D, increase your exercise, and eat very healthy, with lots of fresh foods, lean protein, low-fat dairy, legumes, etc.
    bonebabe responded:
    Since it's been two years since your last DXA, have a followup and see what it tells you. If your numbers are stable (as defined by the techs' precision study on the machine) and your risk of fracture is low (determined by the physician interpreting the report, probably using the Canadian model for fracture prediction) you could certainly have a conversation with your referring physician about stopping the medications until time for your next DXA. If you remain basically the same at that time, it's probable that you could stay off the drugs until, or if, you start to lose bone. Then go back on.
    An_239887 replied to bonebabe's response:
    Thank you for responding!

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