What is bone loss medicines?

Bone Loss Medicines
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What are some examples of medicines for bone loss?

Here are some examples of medicines for bone loss. For each item in the list, the generic name is first, followed by any brand names.

  • alendronate (Fosamax)
  • ibandronate (Boniva)
  • raloxifene (Evista)
  • risedronate (Actonel, Atelvia)
  • teriparatide (Forteo)

This is not a complete list of medicines for bone loss.

How do medicines for bone loss work?

These medicines can help slow or stop the rate of bone loss and may increase bone thickness.

Why are medicines for bone loss used?

Medicines for bone loss are used to both prevent and treat osteoporosis.

What are the side effects of medicines for bone loss?

Some of the medicines for bone loss may cause problems with your esophagus. In rare cases, these medicines may cause jaw problems.

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