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Fosteum is a prescription medical food primarily prescribed for post-menopausal women who have experienced bone loss through osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Osteopenia and osteoporosis are conditions where bone density is lost over time and is more common in older adults. In osteoporosis, there are no symptoms, but bone loss is occuring. If the condition progresses then you may experience the following symptoms: loss of height, back pain, stooped posture, and easily fractured bones.
Fosteum contains the active ingredient Genistein, which works by decreasing how much the bones are recycled by different types of bone tissue. Over time, the amount of minerals like calcium increase in your bones, potentially lowering the risk of fracture.
Take Fosteum exactly as directed by your doctor.
The standard dosage is 1 tablet every 12 hours as directed. You can take this medication with or without food. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember but do not double up.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
Fosteum can interact with several medications, including those in the following classes:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these medications before starting Fosteum.
Use Fosteum with caution if you have a history of breast cancer, uterine cancer, or ovarian cancer.
Fosteum has been shown to increase bone mineral density, but it has not been shown to reduce the risk of fracture.
Side effects are uncommon with Fosteum, but can include:
Fosteum. Scottsdale, AZ: Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 2011.