Your Health: Mar. 11, 2002

GOOD NEWS

BONING UP It was big news 16 months ago when drugmakers announced that the powerful osteoporosis medicine Fosamax could be taken once a week instead of once a day. Once a year is even better, and early reports suggest that a yearly, five-minute IV infusion of a relative of Fosamax, called Zometa, may increase bone density of the spine by 5% and of the hip by 3%. So far Zometa doesn't seem to have the side effects of Fosamax, which include abdominal pain and nausea. However, 10% of patients may experience flulike symptoms for a couple of hours after...

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