Need an osteoporosis drug vacation?
Good morning, I have noticed quite a few questions about the availability of "drug vacations" for those of us on Osteoporosis medications. I definitely had no response to share with you. So, I asked my Mayo Endocrinologist how Mayo Clinic handled requests for drug vacations. There is a Mayo policy and Dr. Wermers was willing to share it on Connect.
"We will often suggest a drug holiday in lower-risk individuals after 5 years on alendronate or 3 years on Reclast. In high-risk individuals, we use alendronate for up to 10 years and Reclast up to 6 years before a drug holiday. Drug holidays only apply to bisphosphonates (alendronate, ibandronate, risedronate, zoledronic acid) and not other osteoporosis medication classes."
Dr. Robert A. Wermers, M.D.
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thank you so much for that information.
After 3 yearly infusions of Aclasta (Reclast) my doctor suggested a vacation from it due to concern over bone overgrowth.
I would like to hear from anyone who has had Reclast Infusion. I had mine on Feb. 28,2023.
I am still experiencing very debilitating side effects. I will have a good day and then 3 bad days. I believe at this point I have experienced most of the side effects listed. I have so much pain in my joints such that I cannot sleep. Is this going to go on for a year??? Any info would be helpful.
I have been on many different medications for 30 years, with no side effectsl but recently I have developed MGUS and the Hematologist suggested I stop the Ibandornate.
Is there any information on how long a 'vacation', one at high risk, can safely take from alendronate ?
Good evening @12jo ……..Your own specialist or endocrinologist should be able to tell you if you are high or low risk. Everyone is different as we all know. There are a lot of factors to consider in making that determination.