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Medications for Osteoporosis

Other names: Bone Thinning

About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.

Drugs used to treat Osteoporosis

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
alendronate 2.4 79 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: alendronate systemic

Brand names:  Fosamax, Binosto

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Prolia 2.7 273 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: denosumab systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous bone resorption inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fosamax 2.4 41 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: alendronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

calcium / vitamin d 9.0 3 reviews
OTC C N

Generic name: calcium / vitamin d systemic

Brand names:  Caltrate 600+D, Citracal + D, Os-Cal Calcium+D3, Calcitrate with D, Os-Cal 500 Chewable, Os-Cal Extra D3, Oystercal-D, UPCal D …show all

Drug class: vitamin and mineral combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

denosumab 2.7 277 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: denosumab systemic

Brand name:  Prolia

Drug class: miscellaneous bone resorption inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Boniva 3.4 60 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: ibandronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Actonel 3.4 17 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: risedronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

calcium carbonate 8.0 2 reviews
OTC N N

Generic name: calcium carbonate systemic

Brand names:  Caltrate, Calci-Chew, Tums Smoothies

Drug class: antacids, minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

Forteo 5.5 127 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: teriparatide systemic

Drug class: parathyroid hormone and analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Reclast 5.4 116 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: zoledronic acid systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Evista 5.7 7 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: raloxifene systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, selective estrogen receptor modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Caltrate 600+D 9.0 2 reviews
OTC C N

Generic name: calcium / vitamin d systemic

Drug class: vitamin and mineral combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Caltrate Rate Add review
OTC N N

Generic name: calcium carbonate systemic

Drug class: antacids, minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

risedronate 3.3 40 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: risedronate systemic

Brand names:  Actonel, Atelvia

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Citracal + D Rate Add review
OTC C N

Generic name: calcium / vitamin d systemic

Drug class: vitamin and mineral combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

hydrochlorothiazide Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: hydrochlorothiazide systemic

Brand names:  Microzide, Aquazide H, Esidrix

Drug class: thiazide diuretics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

ibandronate 3.4 71 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: ibandronate systemic

Brand name:  Boniva

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Premarin 10 3 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: conjugated estrogens systemic

Drug class: estrogens

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

raloxifene 4.8 10 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: raloxifene systemic

Brand name:  Evista

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, selective estrogen receptor modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Atelvia 4.7 3 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: risedronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

calcitonin 5.2 7 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: calcitonin systemic

Brand name:  Miacalcin

Drug class: calcitonin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

calcium citrate Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: calcium citrate systemic

Brand name:  Calcitrate

Drug class: minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

teriparatide 5.5 131 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: teriparatide systemic

Brand name:  Forteo

Drug class: parathyroid hormone and analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Zometa 3.8 10 reviews
Rx D N

Generic name: zoledronic acid systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Microzide Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: hydrochlorothiazide systemic

Drug class: thiazide diuretics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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