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7 Common Meds That’ll Up Your Risk of Breaking Your Bones!

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7 Common Meds That’ll Up Your Risk of Breaking Your Bones!

Do you know how strong your bones are?

Most people don’t…unless you’ve had a bone density.

That’s a type of x-ray called DEXA that compares the density of your bones to a know population of women so you know if your bones are strong, or are losing calcium at a rate that increases your risk of a bone fracture.

It’s information you should know.  Why? Because if you’re a healthy 50-year-old woman, your chances of dying of a complication of osteoporosis or thinning of the bones is the same as your chances of dying from breast cancer.

There are a lot of things that can help you keep your bones strong. And one important tip is to know what common meds you could be taking that rob your bones of their calcium, leaving you vulnerable for a bone fracture the next time you fall.

AFL’s Dr. Mache Seibel

7 Medications That can Cause Bone Loss and Bone Breaks

  1. Synthetic Glucocorticoids (e.g. prednisone, dexamethasone)

Prednisone 7.5 mg (or more) daily for 3 (or more) months (these do not have to be consecutive) in the previous year.

  1. Breast Cancer Drugs

Aromatase inhibitors anastrozole (Arimidex®), letrozole (Femara®) and exemestane (Aromasin®) prevent estrogen production and cause bone loss and increased risk of fractures, particularly at the spine and wrist.

  1. “Heartburn” Drugs

Proton pump inhibitors, such as Prevacid®, Losec®, Pantoloc®, Tecta®, Pariet ® and Nexium®, are used to treat reflux, heartburn and ulcers. High doses used for several years can increase hip fracture risk in older adults.

  1. Excessive Thyroid Hormone Replacement

Elevated thyroid replacement in older adults can cause abnormal heart rhythms and muscle weakness, which increase the risk of falls and fractures. It can also lower bone mineral density and bone quality that can lead to fractures.

  1. Anti-seizure and Mood-altering Drugs

The anti-seizure drugs carbamazepine (Tegretol®) and phenytoin (Dilantin®) can reduce in bone density, by lowering vitamin D and absorption of calcium from the intestines. Mood-altering drugs can cause falls by causing drowsiness, confusion, or a blood pressure drop.

  1. Blood Pressure Medication

Some high blood pressure drugs increase the risk of falls and fractures in older adults during the first few weeks of treatment because of a drop in blood pressure. Be careful when first starting them.

  1. Diuretics

Diuretics, such as furosemide (Lasix®), increase urination and promote loss of calcium from the kidneys, leading to reduced bone mineral density at the hip and an increased risk of hip fracture within the first 7 days of use.

3 Other Common Drugs to Watch Out For…

  1. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®) after three plus years of use
  2. Narcotic and opioid medications such as morphine may lead to dizziness or changes in balance that lead to falls.
  3. Aluminum-containing antacids such as Maalox®, Mylanta®, Amphogel®, Gelusil® and Rolaids® may inhibit phosphate absorption from the intestine, which may reduce bone mineral density.*****************************************************
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“It’s better to stay well than to get well!”  Mache Seibel, MD.

Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel is America’s health expert, addressing the critical needs of consumers from stress and weight control to menopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for almost 20 years and is a pioneer in many areas of women’s health and more. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. His professional experiences include:

– Host for PBS and NBC TV episodes, frequent media expert;

– Repeatedly voted into Best Doctors in America;

– Past Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause;

– Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s highest honor 2008;

– Multiple national awards for research, writing, music writing and patient education;

– Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-present;

– Director, Complicated Menopause Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-2011;

– Founder of HealthRock®, reshaping health education with health songs and entertainment;

– Past Medical Director, Inverness Medical Innovations (now Alere);

– Corporate Consultant and Corporate Health Expert Nationally and Internationally;

– Author/editor 14 books, over 200 scientific articles;

– American Cancer Society New England Division Medical Advisory Network;

– Advisory board of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps initiative to fight childhood obesity; and

– Nationally known guest speaker, key note speaker.

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