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
- 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).