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Medications for Osteoporosis

Other names: Bone Thinning

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

Medications 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 Rx C N 18 reviews
4.0

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

 
calcium / vitamin d OTC C N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: calcium / vitamin d systemic

Brand names:  Caltrate 600+D, Citracal + D, Citracal Petites, Os-Cal Calcium+D3, Oyster Shell Calcium with Vitamin D, Calcitrate with D, Citrus Calcium with Vitamin D, Calcet, Caltrate 600 with D Plus Soy, Os-Cal 500 Chewable, Os-Cal Extra D3, Oysco D, Oyster-D, Posture-D H / P, Risacal-D, UPCal D

Drug class: vitamin and mineral combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
calcium carbonate OTC N N 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: calcium carbonate systemic

Brand names:  Caltrate, Calcium Oyster Shell, Oyster Shell Calcium 500, Alcalak, Cal-Gest, Oysco 500, Oyster Calcium, Tums Kids

Drug class: antacids, minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
risedronate Rx C N 19 reviews
4.0

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

 
hydrochlorothiazide Rx B N X Add review Add

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

 
calcitonin Rx C N 5 reviews
4.0

Generic name: calcitonin systemic

Brand names:  Miacalcin, Miacalcin Nasal

Drug class: calcitonin

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
ibandronate Rx C N 30 reviews
5.0

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

 
estradiol Rx X N Add review
7.0

Generic name: estradiol systemic

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

Drug class: estrogens

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
alendronate / cholecalciferol Rx C N Add review
9.0

Generic name: alendronate / cholecalciferol systemic

Brand name:  Fosamax Plus D

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
denosumab Rx X N 65 reviews
3.0

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

 
raloxifene Rx X N 2 reviews
7.0

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

 
zoledronic acid Rx D N 45 reviews
5.0

Generic name: zoledronic acid systemic

Brand names:  Reclast, Zometa, Aclasta

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
conjugated estrogens Rx X N 3 reviews
10

Generic name: conjugated estrogens systemic

Brand names:  Premarin, Cenestin, Enjuvia, Premarin Intravenous

Drug class: estrogens

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
teriparatide Rx C N 58 reviews
6.0

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

 
calcium gluconate Rx/OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: calcium gluconate systemic

Drug class: minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
calcium lactate Rx/OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: calcium lactate systemic

Brand name:  Ridactate

Drug class: minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
calcium phosphate, tribasic OTC N N Add review Add

Generic name: calcium phosphate, tribasic systemic

Brand name:  Posture

Drug class: minerals and electrolytes

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
etidronate Rx C N Add review
9.0

Generic name: etidronate systemic

Brand name:  Didronel

Drug class: bisphosphonates

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
abaloparatide Rx U Add review Add

Generic name: abaloparatide systemic

Brand name:  Tymlos

Drug class: parathyroid hormone and analogs

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

 
bazedoxifene / conjugated estrogens Rx X N Add review Add

Generic name: bazedoxifene / conjugated estrogens systemic

Brand name:  Duavee

Drug class: sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
conjugated estrogens / medroxyprogesterone Rx X N Add review Add

Generic name: conjugated estrogens / medroxyprogesterone systemic

Brand names:  Prempro, Premphase

Drug class: sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
esterified estrogens Rx X N Add review Add

Generic name: esterified estrogens systemic

Brand name:  Menest

Drug class: estrogens

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
estropipate Rx X N Add review Add

Generic name: estropipate systemic

Brand names:  Ogen, Ogen 0.625, Ogen 1.25, Ogen 2.5

Drug class: estrogens

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, 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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