Asked by linda
What Osteoporosis Drug On The Market Now Has The Least Side Effects And Still Helps People With Moderate Or More Bone Problems?
Hi Linda, welcome! Glad you could join us! Here's a list of all the osteoporosis medications with the primary side effects listed. Unfortunately they all have some side effects, those some less than others. I didn't have room on the chart to list all the side effects, so if you want a full list for each drug, you'll need to go to each drugs web site and click on Prescribing Info near the middle or end of the page. Just type in the drug name on the Internet and then go to the manufacturers site, for the drug. Here's the prescribing info for Miacalcin/Calcitonin by Novartis. Also, Fosteum has few side effects, and it's a medicinal food that's filled at a pharmacy, but if you have any problems with soy you may not be able to take that so check with your doctor. If he/she is not familiar with it tell them it's manufactured by Primus Pharmaceuticals.
There's only one drug I can think of that helps with pain and that is Calcitonin nasal spray or injection. Calcitonin comes from Salmon so if you have any allergy to fish you wouldn't be able to take it. Another concern, is that Calcitonin is not considered a first line of defense for osteoporosis. It is used in those with T-scores that aren't real low or who have pain from fractures.
Look through the chart above and see what you think. The only new drug that isn't listed by name is Altevia, which is time-released Actonel (it's mentioned under Actonel). This formulation is suppose to be easier on your gastrointestines and causes less stomach upset, but I've never tried it.
You could ask your doctor this question and have the print out with you to refer to it. Calcitonin may help you, I just don't know how well since it's not used a lot. It's normally used for those who can't tolerate any of the others.
Good luck and if you have another question just post again!