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.

How do members experience osteoporosis?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with osteoporosis*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for osteoporosis*

*Data from patients with osteoporosis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with osteoporosis*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Fosamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (9 evaluations)
Side effects
gastroesophageal reflux disease nausea
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
osteoporosis (15)
Treatment

(Prolia)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
injection site pain
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
osteoporosis (9)
Treatment

(Cal-600)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
osteoporosis (4)
Treatment

(Zometa)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoporosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
osteoporosis (4)
Treatment

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

*Data from patients with osteoporosis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has osteoporosis on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 25
30s 104
40s 278
50s 818
60s 1,429
70+ 1,079

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 402
Female 3,360