Your bones are in a constant state of absorbing old bone and building new bone, but as we slow down with age, so does this process. For women, there is a drop in estrogen after menopause which is a big factor for bone loss. For men, testosterone levels fall and this hormone is important for converting into estrogen. Taking Atelvia can help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and keep your bone density strong so fractures are less likely to occur if you fall.
Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are cells that work in tandem to make and remodel your bones according to your physical activity, nutrition, and age. Osteoblasts make bone as a response to your growth factors while osteoclasts produce and secrete digestive enzymes that dissolve bone tissue and absorb it. This is a give and take process that eventually changes as the years pass and old bone is being absorbed faster than new bone can replace it.
Ask your doctor about a bone mineral density test to check for signs of bone loss. Your doctor may then prescribe Atelvia, a bisphosphonate called Risedronate Delayed Release that can help to slow down the dissolution of old bone so the forming of new bone has time to catch up and increase your bone mass. Remember that good nutrition, exercising, and no more smoking will also help increase your bone health.
Atelvia is also prescribed for helping to treat Paget’s disease, a bone disease also called osteitis deformans. This involves the break -down of old bone happening faster than the formation of new bone that is soft and porous. This causes the bones to be less dense and more prone to fracturing or bowing. Paget’s disease seems to run in families and some researchers believe a virus may be to blame. Taking Atelvia will not cure Paget’s disease, but at higher doses and taken more often, it will help strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of breakage.
Discuss other medical conditions and allergies with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This will help your doctor determine if Atelvia is the right medication for your situation or whether dosage adjustments will be required to some of your current meds.
Do not lay down for at least 30 minutes after taking Atelvia as this could cause an irritation in your esophagus, heartburn, or other gastrointestinal side effects. Swallow Atelvia whole with a glass of water after breakfast. Due to this being a delayed release medication, if you break, split, or chew the tablet, too much of the active ingredient will be released quicker than intended and could cause adverse effects. All medications should be stored safely out of children’s reach and never share your meds with anyone else.