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What older drugs treat osteoporosis?

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Calcitonin drugs, like Miacalcin and Fortical, have been around since the 1980s. They help prevent bone loss and reduce spinal fractures, but don’t seem to do much in other parts of the body. You can take it as a daily nasal spray or by injection. Most doctors don’t consider these drugs a first option in treating the disease because they are not as effective as other treatments and they may increase risk of certain cancers.

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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