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Old 02-12-2019, 11:21 AM
 
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Osteopenia and osteoporosis are related conditions. The difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis is that in osteopenia the bone loss is not as severe as in osteoporosis. That means someone with osteopenia is more likely to fracture a bone than someone with a normal bone density but is less likely to fracture a bone than someone with osteoporosis. Overall, most people with osteoporosis will suffer fewer broken bones if they take bisphosphonates, a category of drugs including Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, and Fosamax that are used to treat the disease.
But a very small proportion of those who take the drugs may experience an unusual femur (thighbone) fracture if they take the drugs on a long-term basis.
My SIL has always been strong, nimble and healthy. In her 70's she was treated for osteopenia. She was prescribed Fosamax. Unfortunately, she fell into the afflicted group. She had a fall and her right femur was shattered. She spent over 2 years recovering, some of that time in a wheel chair. Thankfully, she is OK now.
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