Dear Pharmacist: I take a water pill (diuretic) for blood pressure. Now, I have to take Boniva for osteopenia. Is there a connection? What’s next for me? I’ve read you for years so please pick my question for the paper. — H.J., Ocala, Florida
Oh yes, they are definitely connected! I don’t mean to be crass but your diuretic makes you lose water volume (which is the point). But with every bathroom trip, you pee out minerals! Many people are saying “Aha!” now, because you started out taking a blood pressure med, then at some point you were prescribed a bone building drug for osteoporosis. I’ll share my side effect solutions because I realize you have to, need to, or want to take your prescription medications.
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