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Osteoporosis

Updated 25 June 2014

Treating osteoporosis

There are many treatment options available to reduce bone loss. Many of these potent drugs are capable of reducing the rate of osteoporotic fractures by 50% or more.

Never accept the incorrect and uninformed advice that “osteoporosis is a normal part of ageing” or that “nothing can be done”. There are many treatment options available to reduce bone loss. Many of these potent drugs are capable of reducing the rate of osteoporotic fractures by 50% or more.

Specific Medical Treatment * (List of available drugs below)

Bone- formation stimulating drugs aim to increase bone mass and include fluoride, anabolic steroids, strontium salts, statins and para-thyroid hormone.

Anti-Resorptive Drugs

Vitamin D and Vitamin D-metabolites

Conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy

Oestrogen derivatives, selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERM's), phyto-oestrogens and testosterone

Bisphosphonates

Calcitonin

Formation Stimulating Drugs

Fluoride

Parathyroid Hormone

Statins

Strontium

Lifestyle Adaptations

* Trade names of available drugs

  • SERM’s/Raloxifene (Evista)
  • Tibolone (Livifem)
  • Bisphosphonates (Actonel, Fosamax, Osteobon)
  • Calcitonin (Miacalcic)
  • Fluoride (Ossiplex Retard)
  • Parathroid Hormone (Forteo)
  • Strontium (Protos)

 

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