Medication for Osteoporosis
Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, medications are available that can help treat symptoms of the condition and prevent it from getting worse. The different classes of medication for osteoporosis include:
- Estrogen therapy (ET) and hormone therapy (HT)
- Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS)
- Calcitonin analogues
- Parathyroid hormone analogues
- Vitamins and minerals.
All of these products have their advantages and disadvantages, and the one(s) your healthcare provider recommends will depend on your unique medical situation.
(Click Osteoporosis Drugs for an in-depth look at the medications used for these conditions. Specific brand names are listed, with information on how and when they are taken, and the pros and cons of each.)