Depending on your needs, your provider may prescribe medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
These medications help prevent and treat bone loss. Bisphosphonates are in pill or injectable form or as an IV infusion. They must be taken exactly as directed. Benefits may include:
Reducing bone loss
Increasing bone density in the hip and spine
Reducing risk of fractures in the spine, hip, and wrist
Side effects may include:
Bone or muscle pain
Always read medication information closely. Bisphosphonates must be taken:
On an empty stomach.
With a full glass of water (8 oz) first thing in the morning.
At least 30 minutes before any food, drink, or other medications.
While sitting or standing. You should not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking the medication.
Publication Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Date Last Reviewed: 2005-10-20T00:00:00-06:00
Date Last Modified: 2009-12-08T00:00:00-07:00
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