Osteoporosis is a condition that makes the bones weaker and more fragile. The bone mass starts to decrease, normally after the age of 35 years. This process occurs more rapidly in females after menopause.
• Women having a family history of this condition are more prone to developing it.
• Cigarette smoking and alcoholism can increase the risk of this disorder.
• Patients having a history of rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop this problem.
Indications of Osteoporosis:
Patients with this ailment do not exhibit any symptoms until fractures occur. However, it can be detected early by performing a bone densitometry that helps to ascertain the mass of the bony tissues.
The bones most commonly affected by this condition include the spine, the hips and the ribs. The bones can break even with a relatively minor injury that otherwise would not cause a fracture. The fracture can be in the form of a crack or a collapse (as in case of compression fractures of the spinal vertebrae).
Over the years, compression fractures in the spine can lead to persistent back pain with loss of height caused by the curving of the spine. The collapse gives patients a hunched-back appearance.
How to manage?
Physicians advise patients, especially women, to use Actonel for the prevention and treatment of this problem. This medication contains Risedronate. It works by increasing the bone mass, thereby making the bones less porous.
How to use?
The recommended dose of Actonel is one 35 mg tablet, once in a week. It can also be taken in a dose of one 75 mg tablet, to be taken on two consecutive days, once in a month. Patients should take Actonel at least half an hour before consuming anything in the morning. They can consult a doctor to learn more about this medicine.
The decreased density of the bones caused by osteoporosis reduces their strength, making them fragile. This leads to abnormally porous bones, making them compressible, just like a sponge. However, regular use of Actonel can help patients to avoid such consequences.