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    is there a time limit to take medication for osteoporosis?
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    sunnimage posted:
    I had been taking Actonel for over 6 yrs and my doctor told me I should stop taking it. Before the Actonel I was taking another medication for a few years another doctor had prescribed. ( can't remember the medication name ) for my osteopenia. I found out today I now have osteoporosis. I do not understand why my doctor would tell me I needed to stop taking the Actonel without prescribing any other form of prevention?
     
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    bonebabe responded:
    There's no hard and fast rule. Generally speaking, if you've been on 5 years or more and are stable (your bone density has not significantly decreased or you've not fractured) doctors will usually suggest a medication holiday.

    When you have your next DXA - 2 years after discontinuing - and you're still stable with no fractures you can remain off meds. However, if you've lost more bone, fractured or begun a course of corticosteroids, you'll need to resume medication.

    It's very important that you consume 1200 mg of calcium a day in order for the medication to work properly. Your body can only absorb 500-600 mg at a time so, if you take a supplement, take it at lunch and bedtime with a snack.

    If your Vit D levels haven't been checked, ask you doctor about doing that. If they're normal you'll need to take in at least 1000 IU a day. The Vit D sends the calcium to the bones.

    Hope this helps.


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