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Why do meds that make bones stronger increase risk of unusual fracture?
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
This is a frequent question which brings fear to many prescribed bisphoshonates for osteoporosis.

After reading this article, Osteoporosis Medication Linked to Unusual Thigh Fractures , come back and share your experience, concerns and comments.

bonebabe responded:
Elizabeth, our osteoporosis center's medical director is a nationally known osteoporosis expert and is on the board of the ISCD. She gave a talk on this particular study last year. She said that the group promoting this "link" is a group in New Zealand who is making it its life mission to make this connection. It was not a very controlled study and did not take into account that people who are not on these meds also get these particular subtrochanteric fractures. So to conclude that the meds are causing them is misleading.

We believe the bottom line for all patients is to look at your own personal health history, your BMD results and your risk of fracturing. If your risk is great, the benefits of taking a drug that has been proven to reduce that risk are far far greater than the fear of an uncommon type of fracture that has not been definitively proven to be a result of the drug.

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