Doctors may not recommend treatment until symptoms appear. When symptoms appear or are affecting a high-risk part of the body, or if blood tests reveal a high level of alkaline phosphatase, treatment may be started to slow disease progression and help prevent complications.
There is no cure for the disease, although various treatments relieve or control the symptoms. Medications known as bisphosphonates (e.g., alendronate*, etidronate, and risedronate) may be recommended for people with Paget's disease. These medications are also used to treat osteoporosis, but for Paget's disease, they are given in higher doses and more frequently than for osteoporosis.
Zoledronic acid and pamidronate are also used to treat Paget's disease. These medications help rebuild normal bone and relieve pain.
Pain-relieving medications such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also be used. It is very important that people with Paget's disease take in adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Your doctor may suggest supplements if appropriate.
Some people with severe Paget's disease may require surgery to repair bone deformities, joints, or broken bones, or to replace joints.
Exercise can help decrease joint stiffness. Some types of exercise are not recommended for people with Paget's disease, so talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program. Heat and cold can help with pain – heat helps relieve aching muscles, pain, and stiffness, and cold can help reduce inflammation and pain.
*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For information on a given medication, check our Drug Information database. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
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