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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 Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
alendronate C N 26 reviews
3.0

Generic name: alendronate systemic

Brand names:  Fosamax, Binosto

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Fosamax C N 14 reviews
4.0

Generic name: alendronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Prolia X N 117 reviews
3.0

Generic name: denosumab systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous bone resorption inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Actonel C N 15 reviews
3.0

Generic name: risedronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Boniva C N 31 reviews
4.0

Generic name: ibandronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

calcium / vitamin d C N 3 reviews
9.0

Generic name: calcium / vitamin d systemic

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

Drug class: vitamin and mineral combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

Forteo C N 86 reviews
5.0

Generic name: teriparatide systemic

Drug class: parathyroid hormone and analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

calcium carbonate N N 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: calcium carbonate systemic

Brand names:  Caltrate, Calci-Chew, Tums Smoothies

Drug class: antacids, minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

Evista X N 2 reviews
7.0

Generic name: raloxifene systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, selective estrogen receptor modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Reclast D N 39 reviews
6.0

Generic name: zoledronic acid systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Caltrate N N Add review
8.0

Generic name: calcium carbonate systemic

Drug class: antacids, minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Caltrate 600+D C N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: calcium / vitamin d systemic

Drug class: vitamin and mineral combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

risedronate C N 25 reviews
3.0

Generic name: risedronate systemic

Brand names:  Actonel, Atelvia

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Atelvia C N 3 reviews
4.0

Generic name: risedronate systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

ibandronate C N 36 reviews
4.0

Generic name: ibandronate systemic

Brand name:  Boniva

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Citracal + D C N Add review Rate

Generic name: calcium / vitamin d systemic

Drug class: vitamin and mineral combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Premarin X N 3 reviews
10

Generic name: conjugated estrogens systemic

Drug class: estrogens

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

denosumab X N 120 reviews
3.0

Generic name: denosumab systemic

Brand name:  Prolia

Drug class: miscellaneous bone resorption inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

hydrochlorothiazide B N X Add review Rate

Generic name: hydrochlorothiazide systemic

Brand names:  Microzide, Aquazide H, Esidrix

Drug class: thiazide diuretics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

Zometa D N 5 reviews
6.0

Generic name: zoledronic acid systemic

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

raloxifene X N 3 reviews
6.0

Generic name: raloxifene systemic

Brand name:  Evista

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, selective estrogen receptor modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

calcitonin C N 7 reviews
5.0

Generic name: calcitonin systemic

Brand names:  Miacalcin, Miacalcin Nasal

Drug class: calcitonin

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

estradiol X N 1 review
5.0

Generic name: estradiol systemic

Brand names:  Climara, Vivelle-Dot, Alora, Estraderm, Estradiol Patch, Menostar, Minivelle, Vivelle …show all

Drug class: estrogens

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

teriparatide C N 88 reviews
5.0

Generic name: teriparatide systemic

Brand name:  Forteo

Drug class: parathyroid hormone and analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

zoledronic acid D N 59 reviews
5.0

Generic name: zoledronic acid systemic

Brand names:  Reclast, Zometa, Aclasta

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

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

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
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 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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