Osteoporosis drugs are getting to be a joke!

The FDA has warned osteoporosis patients that the very drugs they take to strengthen their bones… may be making them even weaker. For the past several years I’ve talked to my patients about reports that suggest these drugs may increase risk of thigh-bone fracture. Especially in women taking these drugs for five years or more.

Finally the FDA is telling major drug makers to put a warning on their labels. So here’s the “joke” – The FDA is issuing its warning… and stresses that patients shouldn’t quit their drugs! Not unless they start to feel new thigh pain. And not even then. Not until their doctor tells them to quit the drug. But the real issue isn’t that these drugs may be dangerous… It’s that they may not actually do any good at all.

The research that promoted these drugs in the first place was funded by the drug companies that stood to gain the most. The results that prompted the FDA to initially approve the drugs don’t stand up to much scrutiny.

OK, let me get this straight – take one of the drugs listed below thinking you are doing something for osteoporosis, yet these drugs may actually increase the risk of bone fractures. 

  • Actonel
  • Actonel with Calcium
  • Atelvia
  • Boniva
  • Fosamax
  • Fosamax Plus D
  • Reclast and Boniva

Here’s  the FDA statement:

“While it is not clear whether [these drugs] are the cause, a rare but serious type of thigh bone fracture, has been predominantly reported in patients taking [them].”

The FDA has told the manufacturers to put a warning label on their drugs. But it’s told the public to keep taking them… unless their doctor orders them not to.

What is safe for bone nutrition?  I recommend the supplement Cal Apatite with Magnesium by Metagenics. If you already have osteopenia (bone loss) or osteoporosis then you need  Ostera by Metagenics. Order from

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