Medication. If you're at high risk for osteoporosis and your bone mineral density declines during treatment, there are three types of medications you can take to reduce the risk of or treat osteoporosis: bisphosphonates, a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), or a targeted therapy.
The following bisphosphonates are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat osteoporosis:
Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium)
Actonel (chemical name: risedronate)
Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate)
Reclast (chemical name: zoledronic acid)
Fosamax and Actonel are available as daily or weekly doses. Boniva can be taken once a month or injected once every 3 months. Reclast is injected once a year. Together, you and your doctor can decide if one of these medicines is right for you.
There are other bisphosphonates that are being studied to protect bones during breast cancer treatment. They are:
Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid) (this is a different formulation th...
Generic Name: IODINE, STRONG - ORAL Pronounced: (EYE-oh-dine) Iodine strong (Lugols) Oral Precautions
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to iodine or potassium iodide; or if you have
any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can
cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more
This medication should not be used if you have certain
medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or
pharmacist if you have:
current attack/worsening of bronchitis
a certain type of skin condition (dermatitis
a certain type of blood vessel disease (hypocomplementemic
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
any thyroid problems (if you are taking this medication for
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