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How To Treat Osteopenia When You Have Hiv

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Bone Health and HIV Disease

Introduction What Is Bone? Who Is at Risk? What Is Osteopenia? What Is Osteoporosis? What Is Osteonecrosis? How Is Bone Loss Diagnosed? Preventing Bone Loss Treating Bone Loss Concerns for People Over 50 Access to Medicines Research on Bone Loss The Bottom Line Introduction As people living with HIV take HIV drugs over time, a growing list of conditions has become a concern for those who try to manage their overall...
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Joint pain - Osteopenia?

Hi Dr Henry,I was diagnosed HIV+ last year with VL 170,000 and CD4 170. Started taking Atripla and my VL has been undetectable for 6 months, CD4 up to 450. I have been experiencing pain in my left hip, elbow and jaw. It feels like the bone itself is...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
An evaluation of osteoporosis and aseptic necrosis of the hip would be worthwhile in the setting of the symptoms you describe and treated HIV infection. I would inform your doctors office about your concerns and discuss whether any studies (ie DEXA... Read more »

Osteopenia, Double-Compound fracture, Bone disolving drugs and lots of titanium!

Dr. Henry, Thanks for all of your great answers. Recently I was involved in a car accident which broke my arm completely in two and required major surgery. During a follow-up Dexa-scan they found that I have osteopenia. I now take the Fosomax,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Initial reports of osteopenia in the setting of treated HIV infected seemed to implicate protease inhibitors. Like many of other of the chronic side effects now being seen, further studies clouded the picture. Although it looks like there is an... Read more »

osteopenia and HIV

I have been + for at least 7 yrs.My VL was 100K with Cd4's of 750 when 1st diagnosed.I started with Viramune/d4t/3tc 6 1/2 years ago. My VL has been <50 since that time. My cd4's have flucuated between the 700's and over 1000.I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There are a number of reports out about an apparent increased rate of osteopenia/osteoporosis in the setting of HIV and its treatment. Limited data suggests there may be a link but whether any particular drug is involved is unknown at this time.... Read more »

osteopenia

Dear Doctor,I have wrote in mid July for my bone problems.http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SideEffects/Q223571.html. My doctor asked to bone density scan for my hips. The result is the Overall T-Score for my hips is -2.3. And some where I get...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
No significant drug interactions would be expected. Bone loss would be expected to stabilize and likely slowly reverse-time course not well established and use of long term alendronate or similar drugs has become more controversial in the general... Read more »
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