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How do medications treat juvenile osteoporosis?

The treatment for juvenile osteoporosis does not normally include medication. However, in some severe, persistent cases, doctors are beginning to experiment with drugs approved to treat adult osteoporosis. These bone-building drugs, called bisphosphonates, include alendronate and risedronate. These drugs work by slowing down the rate that bone is resorbed, or broken down, within the body. That way, more new bone cells can be formed.

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