Doctors can use several types of medicine to treat
Paget's disease. Although it is not possible to cure
Paget's disease with medicines, they can make the disease
inactive and may reduce complications. Medicines such
as bisphosphonate and calcitonin slow the breakdown and rebuilding of
bone tissue. You can use
over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen,
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or
other pain medicines to treat bone pain.
Medicines that slow the breakdown and rebuilding of bone tissue
Your bones are alive and constantly growing -- not static, like you see them drawn in books. Bones continually change throughout your life, with some bone cells dissolving and new bone cells growing back in a process called remodeling. With this lifelong turnover of bone cells, you replace most of your skeleton every 10 years.
But for people with osteoporosis -- a thinning of the bones -- bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone. Bones become porous, brittle, and prone to fracture. Look at an...
Bisphosphonates, which are usually the
first medicines used to treat Paget's disease.
Calcitonin, which is usually given by injection. Your
doctor probably will prescribe calcitonin if you cannot tolerate
bisphosphonates or if they have not been effective in treating your
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You may need to take medicine for several weeks before symptoms
of Paget's disease improve.
Some medicines control the disease and its symptoms only while
the person is taking the medicine. Soon after the medicine is stopped, symptoms
may come back.
Your doctor may recommend medicine for Paget's disease even
though you have no symptoms. Medicines prevent the rapid breakdown of bone
tissue and may decrease the chance of
complications of Paget's disease.