I’ve become very aware recently that long term use of common anti-epileptic meds causes significant bone loss. Being epileptic, I’ve been on Dilantin for 23 years so I got myself a dexa-scan and sure enough I have osteopenia ( thinning bones… sort of a beginning/intermediate step on the way to osteoporosis ).
I’m 45 and had planned on an active mid-old age and now feel like that’s pretty threatended. I’ve of course started calcium , vitamin d supplementation which supposedly helps but does not eliminate the accelerated bone loss process die to the meds. I am continuing to work out although now i am beginning to wonder if i need to not go heavy etc so with that seeping into my head, i guess here is where it all starts hitting the fan i guess. My doc said no need for behavior restrictions as yet so I think continuing to lift reasonably heavy weights is probably an ok and even probably the right thing to do.
I don’t suppose any of you also have epilepsy and have been on meds for many years and are facing this same issue ? If so how are you approaching things?