Alendronate: Helping Bones Get Stronger

Osteoporosis, Paget’s Disease and Alendronate

Alendronate-CAS-66376-36-1As part of the of drug family called bisphosphonates alendronate sodium works by increasing the thickness of bone by slowing down the cells that usually break down bone. This allows the cells that build bone to work more efficiently. Alendronate can help to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis-related fractures by making bones stronger.

Most patients can expect to see an increase in bone density after 3 months. Alendronate can help treat and prevent osteoporosis as long as it is taken consistently. Alendronate controls but does not cure osteoporosis and Paget’s disease of bone, but instead slows down the progression of these conditions.

Short-term use of Alendronate

In results from the Fracture Intervention Trial Long-term Extension (FLEX) study published in 2006 suggests that some women can eventually stop or take a break from taking Alendronate. That study included women who had taken Alendronate for at least five years. The participants were randomly assigned to continue the drug or switch to a placebo for five more years. Individuals who discontinued use showed a slow decline in bone density and a moderate increase in the risk for spine fractures. The rate of hip fracture, a far more serious injury, was the same in the both groups. Therefore, Alendronate treatment significantly reduced the incidence of injury and hospitalizations. Read Article

How Acamprosate Helps Avoid Relapse During Alcohol Rehabilitation

acamprosateThe drug Acamprosate, sold as Campral®, is used (in combination with counseling) to help people recovering from alcoholism to avoid drinking alcohol again. It reduces alcohol consumption in animal models of alcohol addiction.

When a person has been drinking large amounts of alcohol for a long time, it changes the way their brain works. The changes that occur involve two specific neurotransmitters called glutamate and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). In a healthy brain, glutamate is released in order to encourage more rapid communication between nerve cells called neurons, while GABA is released to slow communication between the brain’s neurons. When alcohol abuse happens, the levels of neuron-exciting glutamate rise, while levels of neuron-calming GABA falls. This leads to overstimulation of the brain and an increased urge for alcohol.

Acamprosate is considered a safe and well-tolerated treatment for most patients with alcoholism. It also appears to help patients remain abstinent. This compound is a featured product for neuroscience research. In a recent article on the Journal of American Medical Association discussed a study on Acamprosate to determine its significance in helping people recovering from alcoholism. It included a systematic review and meta-analysis of the benefits for adults with alcohol use disorders. In the final analysis, Acamprosate was shown to be effective in helping people reduce their return to abusing alcohol.

Acamprosate works by helping restore normal brain function of people who have consumed large amounts of alcohol. It works by restoring the chemical balance in the brain in an individual who has recently stopped drinking.

Acamprosate and R&D

Acamprosate does not prevent the withdrawal symptoms that a recovering individual may experience when they stop drinking alcohol. Acamprosate helps to prevent a person from drinking alcohol only as long as they take it. A benefit of Acamprosate is that it will not cause an unpleasant reaction if alcohol is consumed during treatment.

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