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 for osteoporosis

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

(Fosamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
368
Tried for
osteoporosis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Prolia)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
osteoporosis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
365
Tried for
osteoporosis (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
224
Tried for
osteoporosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Boniva)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
osteoporosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Actonel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
osteoporosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zometa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
osteoporosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tymlos)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
0
Tried for
osteoporosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Fortical)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
osteoporosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
osteoporosis (1)

Data from patients with osteoporosis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
gastroesophageal reflux disease stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
osteoporosis (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Prolia)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site pain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
osteoporosis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Calcium 600 plus D)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
osteoporosis (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
osteoporosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Boniva)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
joint stiffness lower back pain on waking
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
osteoporosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Actonel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
osteoporosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zometa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
osteoporosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tymlos)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
osteoporosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Fortical)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
osteoporosis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Estrace)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
osteoporosis (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with osteoporosis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has osteoporosis on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 16 new patients joined this month
  • 486 say osteoporosis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 28
30s 115
40s 327
50s 850
60s 1399
70+ 863

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 390
Female 3241

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1289
Not Diagnosed 52

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