How do medications for osteoporosis help build bone mass?

There are four basic types of medications that fight bone loss from osteoporosis:

  • Estrogen, which is the most effective treatment and prevention for osteoporosis because it replaces the hormone made by the body before menopause
  • Biphosphonates such as Fosamax, which slow the removal of bone, allowing new bone to form
  • Calcitonin, a hormone available as an injection and a nasal spray that helps slow bone removal, allowing bone density to improve
  • Fluoride, which has been used for years in osteoporosis treatment to increase bone formation and bone density

As with any medication, there are benefits and drawbacks to each of these. Talk to your doctor for further information and about any concerns.
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