Monthly Archives: May 2011

Atelvia – The newest treatment for Osteoporosis

The newest treatment for osteoporosis is called Atelvia.

It is in the same class as Actonel, Boniva, and Fosamax, but the great news is you don’t have to wait 30 minutes for your breakfast or coffee. You take it with your breakfast even if your breakfast is just coffee, (which it shouldn’t be but that’s a whole different subject). Atelvia is coated so it doesn’t get absorbed in the stomach, but in the small intestine so there is less stomach upset as well.

It’s easy, convenient, and is well tolerated so there really are no excuses for having weak bones!

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

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PROLIA – another treatment for Osteoporosis

Prolia is an injectable drug used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and is given once every 6 months.  Prolia works by stopping the development of the bone removing cells.  There are 2 types of bone remodeling cells in your body, bone building cells and bone removing cells.  Once a woman is past the age of 35 the bone removing cells are more numerous and work faster than the bone building cells, that’s how bone loss and Osteoporosis develops.

Is Prolia right for you?  Talk to your health care provider today and do everything you can to keep your bones strong.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

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Evista

There’s a new medication to treat osteopenia, osteoporosis, and breast cancer.

EVISTA is a synthetic hormone-like drug for osteopenia and osteoporosis.  Postmenopausal women who have osteopenia reduce their of developing osteoporosis by 87%, and reduce their risk of having a fracture in their back by 47% .  Postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis reduce their risk of developing a fracture in their back by 55%.

Both group of women reduce their risk of getting breast cancer.  The most common side effect of this medication is hot flashes which is usually temporary.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

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Reclast – A Newer Osteoporosis Drug

Reclast is a newer medication for osteoporosis. It is an IV drug given once a year for osteoporosis. It can be given every other year to treat osteopenia, which is mild bone loss, the stage right before osteoporosis. It takes only 15 minutes to drip in, because it is given intravenously.

Who is a able to take Reclast?  It is recommended for people who have:

  • digestive problems
  • trouble swallowing pills
  • heartburn or a history of ulcers or heartburn (reflux)
  • side effects from taking other medication for osteoporosis.

Come in to see if Reclast would be the right medicine for your Osteoporosis.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

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Height Loss is a risk factor for Osteoporosis

Are your skirts getting so long that you are tripping on them?  Have you had to hem your pants lately?  You could be losing height.  When was the last time your height was measured?  Do you look in the mirror and see that your posture is not erect?  These can all be a signs of Osteoporosis and it may be advanced by the time you notice height loss.  Get a bone density test done NOW.  It may prevent a fracture and there are many treatments available.  Make sure that your loved ones get tested as well.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

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