What medications are available to treat osteoporosis?
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 10, 2018.
Official Answerby Drugs.com
There are a number of different medicines used to treat osteoporosis. Some work by decreasing how fast bone is broken down, others increase the rate at which bone is built back up. Some can only be used in postmenopausal women.
Common medicines prescribed for osteoporosis include:
- Bisphosphonates such as Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, Binosto, Fosamax, Reclast, and Zometa
- Hormone therapies, that replace missing hormones or mimic the actions of hormones, such as Calcitonin, Duavee, Evista, Femhrt, Forteo, Premarin, or Tymlos
- Prolia – directly targets cells that break down bone.