How We Can Help
Paget’s Disease Treatment Information
Treatment for Paget’s disease is most effective when it begins early, before you develop complications such as arthritis or hearing loss. Our goals in treating Paget’s disease are to help you slow or halt bone deformation, control symptoms and avoid long-term problems that can interfere with your quality of life.
Treatment options for Paget’s disease include:
- Bisphosphonates. These medicines, which are most often taken orally, can help slow bone breakdown and remodeling. Bisphosphonates are the most commonly prescribed drugs for Paget’s disease. You typically take bisphosphonate tablets once a day for two to six months. Intravenous (IV) bisphosphonates are also available. You receive one or more infusion sessions lasting two to four hours each.
- Calcitonin. This hormonal medicine may slow the rate of bone loss so that new, abnormal bone tissue does not develop. Calcitonin is available as an injection or nasal spray, but only the injectable form has U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of Paget’s disease. You inject this medicine several times a week, and possibly as often as daily, according to your physician’s instructions. You likely will take calcitonin only if you have trouble tolerating bisphosphonates. This is because bisphosphonates are considered to be more effective.
- Surgery. Surgery can correct several types of Paget’s disease-related complications. For example, surgeons can set broken bones, straighten misaligned bones and replace hips and knees that have been damaged by arthritis.
You are a vital member of your healthcare team at IU Health. We provide a precise evaluation of your condition based on our extensive clinical experience and advanced diagnostic technology. We then develop an individualized care plan that addresses your specific symptoms and concerns.
Paget’s Disease Locations & Physicians
Use the search options below to find treatments available in your area.
Find a Specialist
Enter a Zip Code to find a specialist at IU Health.
Paget’s Disease Support Services
The more you know about Paget’s disease, the better prepared you will be to manage it. Learn more at these websites:
A Sampling of Paget’s Disease Support Services
National Institutes of Health SeniorHealth
This U.S. government website explains Paget’s disease symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center
This National Institutes of Health (NIH) website provides an overview and additional information about Paget’s disease.