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Black 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:

  • bisphosphonate drugs: alendronate (Fosamax1), alendronate plus vitamin D (Fosamax Plus D), risedronate (Actonel), risedronate with calcium (Actonel with Calcium), and ibandronate (Boniva)
  • calcitonin (Miacalcin)
  • raloxifene (Evista), a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator
  • teriparatide (Forteo), a form of the hormone known as PTH, which is secreted by the parathyroid glands
  • estrogen therapy (also called hormone therapy when estrogen and another hormone, progestin, are combined).

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

Reviewed on May 01, 2006
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