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Who should take medication to help prevent osteoporosis?

If you're at high risk for osteoporosis, you might want to consider taking medications to help maintain or improve your bone strength. While drugs for osteoporosis have been shown to have potential side effects (some which are very serious), the benefits may still outweigh the risks for some women. Connie Weaver, PhD, who chairs the nutrition science department at Purdue University, says the risks of the medication may be small compared to the risk for a hip or spine fracture in someone at high risk for osteoporosis, such as a woman who is small-boned, thin, and has rheumatoid arthritis. "You really have to weigh your risks and priorities," she adds. Treatments commonly used to treat osteoporosis include bisphosphonates, teriparatide, raloxifene, and hormone therapy. Talk to your doctor about osteoporosis meds that may be right for you, including the risks and benefits of each treatment, as well as your personal priorities and preferences.

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