May 26, 2017
Osteoporosis affects one in four women ages 65 and older, making it more likely that you will break a bone in the hip, forearm, wrist, or spine.
Osteoporosis occurs when you lose bone, don’t make enough bone, or a combination—and it can be caused by many things, including genetic makeup, diet, diseases and even some medications. Some common symptoms include back pain, loss of height over time, stooped posture, and bones that fracture more easily than expected. See More
April 28, 2016
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, so of course we need a close eye on cardiac risk factors in primary care. But what other issues do men face that often get overlooked? Move over breast cancer and menopause—here are some things men, and the people who love them, need to know about.
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate: Half of men over 50 will experience symptoms related to BPH at some point. See More
October 29, 2015
Miacalcin and Fortical have very similar active ingredients, and are both used to treat osteoporosis. However, they are two different drugs and can’t be substituted for each other.
Here are the 5 major differences:
- Approved uses. Miacalcin (calcitonin salmon) is approved by the FDA to treat Paget’s disease, hypercalcemia, and postmenopausal osteoporosis. Fortical (calcitonin salmon, rDNA origin) is only approved to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis. See More
October 27, 2015
Calcium is good for your bones right? Well, the science on calcium supplements and dietary calcium just got fuzzier—and it was already pretty fuzzy.
Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone mass that occurs because, after the age of 30, we resorb bone but don’t make any new. Unlike pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis, osteoporosis doesn’t hurt or cause pain—that is, until you have a hip or spine fracture. See More
August 04, 2014
Many women need cheaper options for hormone replacement. One of the most commonly prescribed estrogens for women is Premarin, and it’s so darn expensive. This is because there is no generic form of Premarin and will not likely ever be. Premarin is the brand name for conjugated estrogens used to treat symptoms of menopause and to prevent osteoporosis.
Why doesn’t a generic for Premarin exist?
Well, because we don’t really know what’s in it. See More
June 18, 2014
Actonel (risedronate sodium) has been available since 1998 for the prevention and/or treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Now, as of June 11, 2014 the FDA has approved the first generic risedronate—and you’ll be able to find it on pharmacy shelves this month.
What is postmenopausal osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to weakened bones, which can result in pain, fractured bones, or broken bones. See More
March 10, 2014
The FDA has approved raloxifene (generic Evista) as of March 2014. Brand name Evista was first approved in 1997.
The generic pharmaceutical manufacturer of raloxifene, TEVA, will be granted marketing exclusivity for 180 days and will begin to ship raloxifene within the next 30 days.
Who and what is this medication for?
Raloxifene is indicated in postmenopausal women for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, and it reduces the risk of invasive breast cancer in women with osteoporosis or others who are at high risk. See More
January 22, 2014
When certain medications come along that may transform the way we treat common conditions, like osteoporosis, you should know about it. So, what is this new injection for osteoporosis?
Prolia (denosumab) is an injection given every 6 months for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Here is what you need to know about the injection that may change the management of osteoporosis:
What medications do we have now? Bisphosphonate medications are the current first line treatment of osteoporosis and include the well known once a week alendronate (Fosamax) and once a month ibandronate (Boniva). See More
December 13, 2013
Our offices are packed with folks “gettin’ things done” before the end of the year because they’ve met their deductible and, well, things are “free” now. Here are the things you can think about cramming in before 2014 starts.
1. Take a shot! Vaccinations. Make sure your Tdap, Zostavax, Pneumovax, Influenza, Hep A and B vaccines are up to date. Tdap every 10 years, Zostavax just once after the age of 60. See More
October 09, 2013
The good without the bad? Duavee (bazedoxifene and conjugated estrogens) is an advancement in hormone replacement therapy you will want to know about. This new combination pill approved for the treatment of hot flashes and prevention of osteoporosis works in a different way than all other hormone replacement therapy.
The FDA has just approved Duavee 0.45mg/20mg tablets for the treatment of hot flashes associated with menopause and for the prevention of osteoporosis. See More