Which agents are used to treat osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Pharmacologic therapy for osteoporosis includes the use of antiresorptive agents to decrease bone resorption, such as bisphosphonates, the selective estrogen-receptor modulator (SERM) raloxifene, romosozumab, and denosumab. In addition, there are parathyroid hormone analogues that promote bone formation in patients with osteoporosis (eg, teriparatide, abaloparatide). All therapies should be given with calcium and vitamin D supplementation.


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