Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, several treatments are available that can prevent further bone loss and improve bone strength. This can significantly reduce the risk of fractures. Medication, exercise and nutrition all play a role in treatment.
Currently most of the approved osteoporosis medications are known as ‘antiresorptive’ agents because they stop resorption (or depletion) of bone mineral from bones. Medicines that can stimulate bone formation are also available. Your physician can help you decide which treatment is best for you.
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, your physician may recommend one of the following medications:
Bisphosphonates that include agents like Alendronate (Fosamax®), Risedronate (Actonel®), Ibandronate (Bonviva®) and Zoledronic Acid (Aclesta®). Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators such as Raloxifene, Nasal Calcitonin (Miacalcin®), the newer agent Strontium (Protos®) that may have a double action of stopping bone resorption and stimulating bone formation or the anabolic (bone forming) medication Teriparatide (Forteo®) that is given as a daily injection. It is important to note that the choice of drug therapy can be complex. Your treatment will be tailored for you.
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