In March, the FDA announced their review of bisphosphonate (Fosamax, Boniva, etc.) studies produced no evidence of increased risk of fractures to the thighbone below the hip joint. But in September, the same agency issued a warning about the same fractures in patients treated with bisphosphonates?

I truly hope that Sally Fields is shaking her head in wonder, thinking, “What have I done?”
Regardless, bisphosphonates aren’t the only category of drugs that are likely to increase fracture risk.Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs usually have generic names that end in “prazole”, such as omeprazole). Long term use has been associated with poor absorption of important minerals sucha as calcium. This can lead to osteoporosis and fractures. A website from Harvard states that researchers have found a link between use of PPIs and hip fractures. Users of PPIs can also experience low levels of vitamin B12, which could lead to anemia, feeling weak and tired, having pale skin, a sore tongue, diarrhea or constipation, and a whole list of neurological disorders. Low B12 is directly associated with numbness, poor balance, depression and dementia. Inhalers often contain steroids and steroid use is directly linked to bone loss. If you must puff away on inhalers that contain any steroids, you should be vigilant about using the smallest dose, then maintain a plan for regular weight-bearing exercise. Be sure to take calcium and vitamin D supplements.

Antidepressants have been associated with an increase in disabling hip fractures. While there might not be a direct loss of bone because of the drug, the problem of more fractures is probably associated with the reduced levels of attention in users. People who don’t pay attention suffer the most accidents and falls. I conclude that people who use antidepressants regularly are more likely to have automobile accidents. The force of a smashing car can easily break a hip, among other bones and organs.

There are usually alternative approaches to improve bone health, relieve asthma symptoms, and depression. Search for them and stay away from drugs that can (will?) kill you. I suggest that an excellent source of information is from me, the Undruggist. Check our website. Register to receive our blog notices. Look for my first book, The Undruggist: Book One.