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A treatment for Osteoporosis

by Medindia Content Team on  March 4, 2002 at 3:41 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A treatment for Osteoporosis
The bone- strengthening drug fosamax (Bifosa) was initially lauded as a major breakthrough for women with osteoporosis. But doctors discovered that patients often stopped their prescription because of the drug's rigid dosing instructions: It was supposed to be taken upon waking 30 minutes before eating, and downed with plenty of water. To top it off, the drug can cause severe indigestion.
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So scientists tried giving women a week's dose at once, enrolling 1200 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis in a two-year international trial (medical centres from the US to France participated).

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They found that taking one pill a week could protect bone just as well. And related research, a four- year survey of 180 patients, confirmed everyone's suspicion: People are far more likely to stick with a once-a-week schedule. The drug has already been approved for weekly dosage by the US government.

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