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Forum Name: Osteoporosis

Question: FOSAVANCE 70


 rajivb - Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:11 am

I am 60 years old female with Oestopenia diagnosed in Oct 2008.
Fosavance 70 is a combination of two medicines- alendronic acid and vitamin D-3. In India, this combination is not available but the two medicines are available separately.Is it better to take drugs individually or as a combination (combination can be found with some druggists as an imported drug)?
Secondly are there any serious side effects of long term usage of Fosavance?
My last two years BMD results are:
AP Spine Bone: -1.4 (Oct 2008), -2.0 (Oct 2009)
Left Femur: - 1.8 (oct 2008), -1.8 (oct 2009)
Right Forearm: -1.7 (oct 2008), -2.4 (Oct 2009)
I have started Fosavance in Oct 2009; for the last one year i was taking Caltrate (Wyeth) 600X2 i.e.calcium 1200mg and vitamin D 400.
Will be grateful for advise if my treatment is on right lines and can further deterioration be arrested.
I am also taking Meltformin 250 mg for mild diabetic condition.
RBhatnagar
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:37 pm

User avatar Hello,
A bisphosphonate can help prevent progression of osteoporosis.
Potential side effects include:
    low calcium
    gastrointestinal irritation
    bone,muscle, or joint pain
    osteonecrosis of the jaw

Vitamin D3 is better supplement than D2 due to efficiency of creating activated Vit D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) which helps prevent fracture.

I see no reason other than convenience and cost why the two could not be taken separately.

Looks like you are on a good regimen.

Take care.
 rajivb - Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:44 am

Thanks Tom.

RB

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