This post was sponsored by Radius Health, Inc., and does not constitute medical advice. My personal story and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your healthcare provider about your individual medical situation.
Many postmenopausal women find out they have osteoporosis the hard way—only after they’ve fractured a bone. And even after a fracture, many remain undiagnosed and untreated.
I was surprised to learn that over 8 million women in the US over the age of 50 are estimated to have osteoporosis. In fact, in the US, osteoporosis-related fractures cause more hospitalizations each year in women 55 and older than breast cancer, heart attacks, or strokes.
I think we can all agree that those numbers are far too high, yet the connection between osteoporosis and related fractures is still often overlooked.
That’s why I’m teaming up with Radius Health to educate women on this “silent disease” and its connection to fractures. Women with postmenopausal osteoporosis should talk with their healthcare provider about what treatment option may be best for them. This is not only important for postmenopausal women, but also for those of us who are caregivers to our loved ones, like me.
One specific treatment option is called TYMLOS®(abaloparatide) injection. TYMLOS is a treatment option for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at high risk for fracture that was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2017.
TYMLOS may decrease the chance of having a fracture of the spine and other bones in postmenopausal women with thinning and weakening bones (osteoporosis).
Here are some more things I learned that I’m sharing with loved ones in my life. By educating others I’m hoping to make a difference, please consider sharing this information with any women 50 and over in your life:
- Postmenopausal women (including women in their 50s and 60s) need to make the connection that minor fragility fractures (fractures from a fall from a standing height or lower) could be a sign of osteoporosis.
- Often, women mistakenly think of postmenopausal osteoporosis as a “natural and unavoidable part of aging,” but that may simply not be the case. In fact, once a woman has experienced her first osteoporotic fracture, her risk of another is higher, especially in the first year.
- There are treatment options available for postmenopausal osteoporosis.
If you’re a postmenopausal woman and recently suffered a fracture or broken a bone, ask your healthcare provider if your fracture could be due to postmenopausal osteoporosis and if you should have a DXA scan to determine your bone mineral density (BMD).
Visit TYMLOS.com to learn more about postmenopausal osteoporosis, the connection to fractures, and this treatment option for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture.
INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
What is the most important information I should know about TYMLOS?
TYMLOS may cause serious side effects including:
- Possible bone cancer (osteosarcoma).During animal drug testing, TYMLOS caused some rats to develop a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. It is not known if people who take TYMLOS will have a higher chance of getting osteosarcoma.
- Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have pain in your bones, pain in any areas of your body that does not go away, or any new or unusual lumps or swelling under your skin that is tender to touch.
Before you take TYMLOS, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have Paget’s disease of the bone or other bone disease.
- have or have had cancer in your bones.
- have or have had radiation therapy involving your bones.
- have or have had too much calcium in your blood.
- have or have had too much of an enzyme called alkaline phosphatase in your blood.
- have or have had an increase in your parathyroid hormone (hyperparathyroidism).
- will have trouble injecting yourself with the TYMLOS pen and do not have someone who can help you.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. TYMLOS is not for pregnant women.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TYMLOS passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take TYMLOS or breastfeed. You should not do both.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of TYMLOS?
TYMLOS can cause serious side effects including:
- Decrease in blood pressure when you change positions. Some people may feel dizzy, have a faster heartbeat, or feel lightheaded soon after the TYMLOS injection is given. These symptoms generally go away within a few hours. Take your injections of TYMLOS in a place where you can sit or lie down right away if you get these symptoms. If your symptoms get worse or do not go away, stop taking TYMLOS and call your healthcare provider.
- Increased blood calcium (hypercalcemia). TYMLOS can cause some people to have a higher blood calcium level than normal. Your healthcare provider may check your blood calcium before you start and during your treatment with TYMLOS. Tell your healthcare provider if you have nausea, vomiting, constipation, low energy, or muscle weakness. These may be signs there is too much calcium in your blood.
- Increased urine calcium (hypercalciuria). TYMLOS can cause some people to have higher levels of calcium in their urine than normal. Increased calcium may also cause you to develop kidney stones (urolithiasis) in your kidneys, bladder or urinary tract. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any symptoms of kidney stones which may include pain in your lower back or lower stomach area, pain when you urinate, or blood in your urine.
The most common side effects of TYMLOS include:
- fast heartbeat
- feeling very tired (fatigue)
- upper stomach pain
These are not all the possible side effects of TYMLOS. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
- If you take more TYMLOS than prescribed you may experience symptoms such as muscle weakness, low energy, headache, nausea, dizziness (especially when getting up after sitting for a while) and a faster heartbeat. Stop taking TYMLOS and call your healthcare provider right away.
What is TYMLOS?
TYMLOS is a prescription medicine used to:
- decrease the chance of having a fracture of the spine and other bones in postmenopausal women with thinning and weakening bones (osteoporosis).
- treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at high risk for bone fracture.
It is not known if TYMLOS is safe and effective for children 18 years and younger.
It is not recommended that people use TYMLOS for more than 2 years during their lifetime.
TYMLOS should not be used in children and young adults whose bones are still growing.