Doctors recommend you take an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D. There are also a variety of prescription medicines, but you'll want to consult with your doctor first.
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Osteoporosis Treatments Female: There are a lot of different treatments available for osteoporosis as we already talked about bone density starts to decrease after the age of 30. So it's important even at that point that women take an adequate amount of calcium and Vitamin D supplementation and that’s extremely important, even after the age of 30, and then particularly in the post-menopausal stage. The typical recommended dose for a post-menopausal woman of calcium and vitamin D would be calcium 1200 to 1500 mg. daily, but that does can vary, depending on any other conditions the patient may have and should certainly be discussed with the patient’s physician. The recommended Vitamin D dose has been stated to be 800 to 1000 IU daily. And that’s the average does, that’s the recommended dose and again, that dosage can vary and the patient should discuss dosing with their physician. There are other treatments for osteoporosis which are prescription treatments and once the patient undergoes a DEXA scan and is evaluated for osteoporosis, the recommended treatments can be made by their physician. Other treatments that are prescription medications for osteoporosis would include hormonal replacement therapy and that something that certainly every patient should discuss with their physician. Every post-menopausal woman should discuss hormonal replacement therapy with their primary care physician. There maybe a role in the short-term for hormonal replacement therapy to protect bones. There maybe a role for hormonal replacement therapy for other issues in the post-menopausal state. But there's certainly been a lot of controversy about the use of hormones, especially long term in post-menopausal women, so that really should be discussed with the physician. Other medications the patients may receive to treat osteoporosis could include medication within the class of bisphosphonates, fosamax, actinol, and boniva. Those are all medicines that can be taken by mouth. There's also a form of boniva that can be administered intravenously. And so that’s one class of medicine. Another medication that can be taken for osteoporosis is a daily injectable medicine called forteo. Another medication which can be used osteoporosis is a nasal spray, called miacalcin and that’s administered. It's not as strong a medicine, as some of the other medications, but has some other benefits, so sometimes patients will also prescribed miacalcin. The choice of medication that the physician will make is really dependent on each patient’s personal history and what they're other illnesses maybe. And so the decision to place a patient on one medicine versus another medicine should be left to the guidance of the patient’s physician.
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