Osteoporosis Drugs

Thinning bones and the natural aging process can lead to painful bone fractures.

Several drugs have been approved to treat osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fractures. These work by reducing the loss of bone mineralization and increasing the amount of calcium that is deposited in the bones. They include:

  • Alendronate (Fosamax)
  • Calcitonin (Miacalcin), which is a hormone that enhances bone-forming cells and inhibiting the bone-destroying cells

To learn more about these and other drugs and their side effects, go to Medline Plus drug information.