New warning reminds us bone drugs aren’t “magic pills”
It’s no secret that I encourage each of you to look for life-supporting ways to enhance bone health — using bone drugs only when absolutely necessary. Bone drugs are not the broad solution that advertisements claim and I believe our bodies are capable of building and maintaining adequate bone strength without them. This is a key point of my Better Bones Manifesto which also holds that these medications disrupt the fabric of life and may lead to unwanted and even dangerous side effects.
These truths were recently reaffirmed when a physician friend forwarded a new safety warning sent to doctors by Genentech, USA, the manufacturer of Boniva, a popular bisphosphonate bone drug.
Labeled “IMPORTANT DRUG WARNING” in a large red box, doctors are advised that there have been “…cases of anaphylaxis, including fatal events” as a result of an immediate allergic reaction to the Boniva injection. Doctors are told that, when giving the Boniva injection, they should “…have available appropriate medical support and monitoring measures.” The warning goes on to note that while reactions are rare, physicians should be prepared.
Considering all side effects
While this particular warning concerns a rare case event, it underscores that bone drugs — given as an injection or in pill form — are certainly not wonder drugs. For example, as part of its communication to doctors, Genentech reminds doctors about other adverse reactions, which include atypical femur fractures, osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), abdominal pain, hypertension, dyspepsia, arthralgia, nausea and diarrhea. Quite a list!
From a patient point of view, I believe that women with a history of severe allergy might do well to take note of the Boniva warning and discuss this matter with their physician. In regards to ANY medications, I strongly encourage you to be aware of their potential side effects and discuss them with your physician. Often — especially in the case of bone health — you have natural, life-supporting options. I am committed to helping you find them!
I’m Dr. Susan Brown. I am a clinical nutritionist, medical anthropologist, writer, and motivational speaker. Learn my time-tested 6 step natural approach to bone health in my online courses.
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