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I am a 83 year old woman. My Doctor wants me to take Alendronode because my mean bilateral hips is 0.7 g/cm2 with a T score of -2.5 SD. The side effects of this drug sound very bad. I am small and quite sanative to some drugs. Is there a better answer?

Doctor's Assistant: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?

I don`t really have any symptoms.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I had knee replacement several years ago and last year I got a pace maker after falling 3 times. All times I was out BEFORE I fell. After have a monitor on for 24? hours, they found that once in awhile my heart would drop down too low. I have had it for 6 months now without a fall. I really am quite limber.

Doctor's Assistant: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately?

My father died at 65 probably a heart attach. My mother died at 68 of heart failure, but she also was in late stage cancer. I have been feeling very good now and have been all along.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 7 months ago

Let me at the outset start with (which I am certain, you know), that osteoporosis can be without any symptoms. Following are the recommendations;

1) Weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises.

2) Optimum calcium and vitamin D.

3) T-score of –2.5 or less at the femoral neck or spine will need some medications as fracture risk is high: Alendronate is the first line drug. While there are significant side effects, only less than 10% individuals will experience them. So you may try it.

Hope this is helpful.

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