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Private Practice: Since 1980 to the present
Board-Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Infertility, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Ob/Gyn, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
MD: University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
Instructor: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christ Community Hospital,
MacNeal Memorial Hospital and Palos Community Hospital
Dr. Miller

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Osteoporosis Medications: BisphosphonatesOsteoporosis Medicamentos: Bisfosfonatos

Osteoporosis Medications: Bisphosphonates

Depending on your needs, your provider may prescribe medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis.

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Bisphosphonates

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:

  • Heartburn

  • Nausea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Bone or muscle pain

Taking Bisphosphonates

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

Online 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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