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How can SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators) help in treating osteoporosis?

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These medicines give you the benefits of estrogen therapy without many of the drawbacks. Raloxifene (Evista) is the only SERM approved to treat osteoporosis. It may reduce the risk of spine fractures, but it doesn’t seem to help prevent breaks in other bones.

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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