Osteoporosis

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What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease of bone that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone density is reduced leading to deterioration of bone structure.

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
45
Tried for
osteoporosis (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
19
Tried for
osteoporosis (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Forteo)
Type
Prescription Drug
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)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Actonel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
osteoporosis (11)

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 (53 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation diarrhea 13 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
osteoporosis (45)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
osteoporosis (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in mouth dizziness 5 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
osteoporosis (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Forteo)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (13 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle pain nausea
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
osteoporosis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Prolia)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (11 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
osteoporosis (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue diarrhea 3 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Actonel)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (8 evaluations)
Side effects
aching hands and arms aching in wrists 13 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
osteoporosis (11)
  • 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 3
20s 24
30s 107
40s 277
50s 639
60s 728
70+ 281
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 23
20-29 years 54
30-39 years 117
40-49 years 168
50-59 years 173
60-69 years 45
70+ years 9

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,090
Not Diagnosed 55

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