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What are treatments for osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis treatments can stop bone loss and lower your chances of fractures. You can start by quitting smoking, adding calcium and vitamin D to your diet, and getting exercise. But some people may need medications, such as:

  • Drugs called bisphosphonates
  • Calcitonin
  • Raloxifene
  • Injectable teriparatide or PTH to rebuild bone in women who have higher chances of fractures
  • Injectable denosumab for women with higher chances of fractures

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

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