Awareness Wednesday: Prescription Drugs

At Solaris we talk a lot about the importance of paying attention to what we put into our bodies such as food, beverages, vitamins and supplements. What about prescription drugs? This week’s Awareness Wednesday is dedicated to a subject that a client recently brought to our attention: researching doctor-prescribed medications and their potential side effects before you start taking them. With permission, we are sharing the message we received last week that highlights the significance of being proactive about health matters and staying up-to-date about what is going into your body.

“As some of you may have heard, my mother recently fractured her femur (thighbone). She has osteoporosis so it shouldn’t come as a complete shock, except that the type of break she had is uncommon, usually caused by some sort of trauma like a car accident, but she was literally walking across the street. The chances of a spontaneous femur fracture are quite low but they do happen. However, she had an almost identical “spontaneous” femur fracture in her other leg just over two years ago. Fortunately, she recovered from the first fracture, and her current recovery is promising as well.

The reason I am bringing this to your attention is because her surgeon and doctors strongly believe that the medication that she takes for osteoporosis may have actually contributed to both bone fractures. There are past and ongoing studies that indicate that long-term use (5+ years) of Fosamax and other bone-strengthening drugs may have the opposite effect than intended by actually causing microfractures that ultimately lead to serious fractures in some people.

Businessweek Article
ABC News Article

If you have parents, relatives, or family friends that take bone-strengthening drugs please bring these studies to their attention. My mother had been taking them for over ten years and first heard about this last week. To be clear, I am not advising anybody to stop taking doctor-prescribed medications, but it can’t hurt for those taking these medications to do some research on their own and talk to their doctors about it.”

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Solaris Whole Health is NOT recommending that people immediately stop taking medications. The above story merely serves as a strong example of the importance of being an educated consumer and weighing the costs and benefits of starting or continuing to take prescription drugs.

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