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What medications can treat osteoporosis?

To prevent broken bones, many people with low bone density or osteoporosis take one of the medicines from a group of drugs called bisphosphonates. These medicines include alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), risedronate (Actonel) and zoledronic acid (Reclast). A drug that works somewhat like the bisphosphonates is denosumab (Prolia), and an agent that works very differently is teriparatide (Forteo).

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