Although a diagnosis of osteoporosis 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. There are several types of medicine:
- Ssrontium ranelate
- monoclonal antibodies (denosumab)
- hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- selective oestrogen receptor modulators (SERMs).
Last reviewed: June 2015