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Listen -- -- the FDA has just issued warnings for two popular prescription drugs used by millions of Americans to treat osteoporosis.
And diabetes saying in rare cases these drugs appear to cause.
Health problems they were designed to prevent some doctors say the news is exposing.
How little we actually know about the long term effects of drugs to treat many chronic illnesses doctor Marc Siegel is a member of the fox medical eighteen he's also.
A professor of medicine at NYU's Lincoln -- -- other medical center.
This is very scary because diabetes osteoporosis these are two drugs that you would think.
I rather to illnesses that you would think -- have nipped in the by the now we're finding out that there are drugs that are actually causing.
Greater risks to people's health let's start with osteoporosis.
What would we need to know for those who suffer from not.
By the -- doing this actually puts -- one of my major -- is that the doctor has to be in the equation here -- it's hard to have the bottom one and any of this it's got to be dealt -- on a person by person basis.
In terms of osteoporosis it's a great example.
Because over five million women are actually taking these drugs which actually increased bone mass -- a lot of women are losing bone mass.
And a lot of women they get fractures from having less bone mass.
But in 300 cases and it's probably more than 300.
They call it seemed to be associated with thigh fractures so in other words the same drug that seems to be preventing the problem.
Rarely could cause the -- now what do I do about that I still prescribe it that.
That particular drug -- -- what struggle we talk and much longer process -- thing about -- now Fosamax and believe those that category of drugs they're known as -- plus clinics.
There I would say the benefit outweighs the risk.
The other drug that you mentioned the diabetes of India.
There was a 40%.
Greater risk of heart disease for those taking -- That is similar drug called toast in that case -- -- -- prescribing doctor I don't think it's worth the risk so I wouldn't prescribe it impatience that I have.
That are on it I'm switching over to the other to.
So if you have diabetes and you're watching right now in a -- India or active -- Are one of the two drugs that you're taking stopped taking it and call your top.
Don't know if you were watching right now you're -- of -- the FDA has already said you should go to your doctor and ask him whether you should still be taking that.
Or whether you should be switched -- I actually have to document -- now if my patients are on of the view that's house during the FDA warning is it still on the market.
But for most patients the alternative is better but all of this just points out.
Right now once a drug -- a little market.
There's a problem.
Because in trials only a couple thousand people get tested but in the market.
Millions are getting the drugs for side effects about the you were expecting all right doctor singled out all the time we have I apologize for cutting short thank you so much thank you.
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