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Asian-American Women and Osteoporosis

What Treatments Are Available?

Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are treatments available to help stop further bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures:

  • Alendronate (Fosamax1), risedronate (Actonel), and ibandronate (Boniva) are bisphosphonates approved for preventing and treating postmenopausal osteoporosis. Alendronate is also approved for treating osteoporosis in men and for use by men and women with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis. In addition, risedronate is approved for preventing and treating glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in both women and men. Alendronate plus vitamin D (Fosamax Plus D) is available for treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and in men. Risedronate with calcium (Actonel with Calcium) is available for preventing and treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
  • Calcitonin (Miacalcin) is another treatment used by women for osteoporosis.
  • Raloxifene (Evista), a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator, is approved for preventing and treating postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  • Teriparatide (Forteo) is an injectable form of human parathyroid hormone (PTH). It is approved for postmenopausal women and men with osteoporosis who are at high risk for having a fracture.
  • Estrogen therapy (also called hormone therapy when estrogen and another hormone, progestin, are combined) is approved for preventing postmenopausal osteoporosis. It should only be considered for women at significant risk of osteoporosis after nonestrogen medications have been carefully considered.

1 Brand names included in this publication are provided as examples only, and their inclusion does not mean that these products are endorsed by the National Institutes of Health or any other Government agency. Also, if a particular brand name is not mentioned, this does not mean or imply that the product is unsatisfactory.

WebMD Public Information from the U.S. National Institutes of Health

Reviewed on May 01, 2006

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