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Osteoporosis treatment

Although a diagnosis of osteoporosis (low bone density) is based on the results of your bone mineral density scan, the decision about what treatment, if any, you have can be based on a number of factors, including your risk of fracture. If you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis because you've had a fracture, you should still be treated to try to reduce the risk of any further fractures.

You may not need or want to take drugs to treat your osteoporosis. However, you should maintain good levels of calcium and vitamin D in your body. Your healthcare team may advise a change to your diet or taking supplements to do this.

Drugs for osteoporosis

Osteoporosis medications work by making the bone cells that break down bone ineffective, while leaving the cells that form bone alone. This reduces the amount of bone lost, so that a net gain in bone density occurs over time.

Last reviewed: September 2017

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis affects the strength and quality of the bones, causing weakness in the skeleton.

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Treatment Options | Osteoporosis Australia

If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis or have a high risk of breaking a bone your doctor will prescribe medicationto strengthen your bones and help prevent fractures. Prescribed medicine plays an essential role inmanagingosteoporosis. Your doctor will also ensure that you:

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Healthcare Professionals | Osteoporosis Australia

This is a section is for healthcare professionals and provides important information for advising patients on osteoporosis. This includes online professional education, supplement and treatment information, latest research, position papers, and current statistical information. Health professional resources are also available to view or download. Please select from item menu below.

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Evista | myVMC

Evista is used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in post menopausal women. It contains raloxifene which modulates the body's use of oestrogen.

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Kosteo | myVMC

Calctriol is used in the following situations Treatment of low calcium levels (hypocalcaemia) in patients with rickets, hypoparathyroidism and/or renal osteodystrophy Treatment of osteoporosis Prevention of corticosteroid-induced osteoporosisCalcitrol increases the levels of calcium in the body by increasing the absorption of calcium in the intestines and by decreasing the amount of calcium lost through the kidneys

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Citrihexal | myVMC

Calctriol is used in the following situations Treatment of low calcium levels (hypocalcaemia) in patients with rickets, hypoparathyroidism and/or renal osteodystrophy Treatment of osteoporosis Prevention of corticosteroid-induced osteoporosisCalcitrol increases the levels of calcium in the body by increasing the absorption of calcium in the intestines and by decreasing the amount of calcium lost through the kidneys

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Living with Osteoporosis | Osteoporosis Australia

If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis or have a high risk of breaking a boneyour doctor will prescribe a medicine to strengthen your bones and help prevent fractures. Prescribed medicine plays an essential role inmanagingosteoporosis. Your doctor will also ensure that you: have adequate calcium, vitamin D and exercise to support your bone health stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and change anyhabits that mayimpact on your bones are monitored for any conditions/medications that affect bone health.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and lose their strength, making them break more easily than normal bones. It affects more women than men.

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Osteoporosis Services | Osteoporosis Australia

Simply select a service from the drop down menu below, and enter your postcode (or suburb) to locate a service near you. If you are looking for a physiotherapist you can visit the directory hosted by the Australian Physiotherapy Association

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Hyperparathyroidism and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile, leading to a higher risk of breaks or fractures. A minor bump or fall can be enough to cause a break in someone with osteoporosis. People with hyperparathyroidism are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis. This fact-sheet explains how hyperparathyroidism can affect your bones, how to find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis, and what you can do to help protect your bone health.

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