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Fosamax osteoporosis drug prescribed when women only has osteopenia
The problem is that Merck developed a Bone Density test that resulted in women having a much less serious condition called osteopenia appearing to require the drugs to treat osteoporosis. As a result millions of women with osteopenia were prescribed serious and expensive drugs that they did not need. osteopenia occurs more frequently in post-menopausal women as a result of the loss of estrogen. It can also be exacerbated by lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, excess consumption of alcohol, smoking or prolonged use of glucocorticoid medications such as those prescribed for asthma. Women with osteopenia do not require medication.