Reviewed by Barbara L. Goldstein, MD, MMSc

If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, your health care provider may recommend you take calcium and vitamin D supplements and/or appropriate medications in addition to several lifestyle changes. If the osteoporosis is too severe to rely only on calcium supplements and/or diet changes, your doctor may prescribe one of the following medications:

  • Bisphosphonates
    • Fosamax® (alendronate)
    • Actonel® (risedronate)
    • Didronel® (etidronate)
    • Aredia® (pamidronate)
    • Boniva® (ibandronate)
    • Reclast® (zoledronic acid)
  • Forteo® (teripartatide)
  • Prolia® (denosumab)

New medicines are continually being developed to treat osteoporosis.

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