What is the optimal length of treatment with bisphosphonates for osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The limited trial data available regarding long-term treatment with bisphosphonates has raised questions about the optimal length of treatment with these medications. [140] This issue has become more important, given newly recognized complications of bisphosphonate use, including osteonecrosis of the jaw [141] and atypical (subtrochanteric or femoral shaft) femur fractures (see the images below).

Normal femoral anatomy. Normal femoral anatomy.
Stable intertrochanteric fracture of the femur. Stable intertrochanteric fracture of the femur.

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