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
39
Tried for
osteoporosis (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
17
Tried for
osteoporosis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
16
Tried for
osteoporosis (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (14) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prolia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
osteoporosis (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (2)

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 11 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
osteoporosis (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
osteoporosis (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
osteoporosis (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty urinating (dysuria) 22 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
pain (14) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prolia)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (11 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn bone pain 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
osteoporosis (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness nausea
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Forteo)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (10 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain nausea
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
osteoporosis (10)
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)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue tremor in hands 1 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (8) pain (2)
  • 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 4
20s 22
30s 108
40s 270
50s 626
60s 845
70+ 336

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 253
Female 1966

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1210
Not Diagnosed 56

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