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How can bone-forming medications help treat osteoporosis?

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Instead of just slowing or stopping the process of bone breakdown, they work to build more of it. Abaloparatide (Tymlos) and teriparatide (Forteo) is the only medicines of this type approved by the FDA.

In women, they help reduce fractures of the spine and in the hands and feet. They're also approved for men with low testosterone levels and men with osteoporosis caused by steroids. With either drug, you have to inject it daily, and the treatment is expensive.

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

FDA.

National Women’s Health Network: “Osteoporosis—Fact Sheet.”

Harvard Medical School: “Osteoporosis Drugs: Which One Is Right for You?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

FDA.

National Women’s Health Network: “Osteoporosis—Fact Sheet.”

Harvard Medical School: “Osteoporosis Drugs: Which One Is Right for You?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

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