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What are some alternatives to hormone therapy for osteoporosis?

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Alternatives to hormone therapy include:

  • Bisphosphonates. This group of medications is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis.
  • Raloxifene (Evista). This drug prevents and treats osteoporosis. It may increase the risk of blood clots.
  • Teriparatide (Forteo) and abaloparatide (Tymlos) are a type of hormone used to treat osteoporosis.
  • Denosumab (Prolia) is used to treat women at high risk of fracture when other osteoporosis drugs have not worked.

From: Osteoporosis and Menopause WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Osteoporosis Foundation. The Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center. Women's Health Initiative. The Food and Drug Administration. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Menopause and Heart Disease."; ACP Clinical Guidelines Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 27, 2017

SOURCES: National Osteoporosis Foundation. The Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center. Women's Health Initiative. The Food and Drug Administration. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Menopause and Heart Disease."; ACP Clinical Guidelines Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 27, 2017

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