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Osteoporosis Treatment Information
We provide treatment for osteoporosis based on your specific needs. Options include:
- Antiresorptive medicines. These drugs work by slowing your rate of bone loss. They do not rebuild bone, but they can reduce your risk of fractures. Antiresorptive medicines include alendronate, risedronate, ibandronate, zoledronic acid, raloxifene and denosumab. Some of these drugs can be given once or twice per year, making therapy more convenient.
- Anabolic medicine. This type of medicine helps your body generate new bone tissue. Forteo (teriparatide) is the only available anabolic therapy. It has U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in postmenopausal women and in men who are at high risk of bone fractures. This medicine is also approved for treatment of patients with osteoporosis resulting from use of steroid medicines. Teriparatide increases bone mineral density and has been shown in research studies to reduce the risk of broken bones. You take teriparatide as a daily injection for up to two years.
- Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). These therapies are useful in both prevention and, to some degree, treatment of osteoporosis in women after menopause. They replace hormones that decline as a natural part of aging. Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) involves taking estrogen alone. This therapy is available in various forms, including pills and skin patches. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves taking both estrogen and progesterone. Women who have not had a hysterectomy (meaning they still have a uterus) generally take HRT because estrogen on its own increases the chance of uterine cancer.
- Rehabilitation. A personalized exercise and nutrition plan can help slow the rate of bone loss, prevent fractures and maximize daily functioning. Rehabilitation may involve improving your posture and balance and modifying the way you carry out routine activities.
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Osteoporosis Support Services
Learn more about osteoporosis from these organizations:
A Sampling of Osteoporosis Support Services
National Osteoporosis Foundation
This nonprofit group maintains a collection of resources on living with and treating osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center
This National Institutes of Health (NIH) website provides patient-friendly information about osteoporosis.