Osteoporosis

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What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that lowers bone density. This decrease in bone density may result in deterioration of bone structure and strength leading to an increased risk of fractures.

Common symptoms reported by people with osteoporosis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with osteoporosis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Fosamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
osteoporosis (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
13
Tried for
osteoporosis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Prolia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
osteoporosis (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
11
Tried for
osteoporosis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Zometa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
osteoporosis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (8) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) osteoporosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Forteo)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
osteoporosis (8)

Data from patients with osteoporosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with osteoporosis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Fosamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (61 evaluations)
Side effects
aching hands back aches 9 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
osteoporosis (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
osteoporosis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Prolia)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (9 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
osteoporosis (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
osteoporosis (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness nausea
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Zometa)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
allergic reaction flu like symptoms
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
osteoporosis (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty urinating (dysuria) 17 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (8) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux upset stomach
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
metallic taste in mouth
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (7) osteoporosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Forteo)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (10 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain nausea
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
osteoporosis (8)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with osteoporosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has osteoporosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 21
30s 117
40s 324
50s 702
60s 1034
70+ 451

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 295
Female 2377

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1235
Not Diagnosed 55

These charts show data from osteoporosis patients who have completed their condition history
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