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Osteoporosis is a common condition in the United States.  In simple terms, osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones whereby they become brittle and easily fractured.

Osteoporosis mostly affects post-menopausal Caucasian women although all women can be affected.  Osteoporosis is less common in men than in women.

There are conflicting theories about what causes osteoporosis.  It is known that the chronic administration of certain drugs, such as corticosteroids like prednisone, may increase a person's risk of developing osteoporosis.

If you are a woman taking prednisone or any steroid medication (including inhaled steroids for asthma or COPD) it is important that you  get extra calcium in your diet.  Most experts agree that a woman of child-bearing age should ingest 1,000 mg - 1,500 mg of calcium per day to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.   If you already have osteoporosis it is unlikely that ingesting lots of calcium will reverse the disease.

Paget's disease is similar to osteoporosis in that it is characterized by a weakening of the bones.  Paget's disease is a metabolic condition that causes  bone cells to become weaker and have more blood vessels than normal bone. In Paget's disease the bone's structure is irregular which makes it prone to fracture even after a minor injury.

There are many medications used to treat osteoporosis and Paget's disease:

(Risedronate Sodium; Procter and Gamble; Co-Marketed By Aventis) Drug family - Bisphosphonate - Official Website
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Boniva (available as one pill per month)
(ibandronate sodium; Roche Laboratories)
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(Etidronate Disodium; Procter and Gamble) Drug family - Diphosphonate
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(Alendronate; Merck) Drug family - Aminobisphosphonate - Official website
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You may also be interested in: - Osteoporosis advice and strategies to maintain bone health; edited by a doctor who specializes in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.  - Learn about Paget's disease of bone (osteitis deformans), including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and more.

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