Which medications in the drug class Estrogens/Progestins are used in the treatment of Osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Estrogens/Progestins

Estrogen derivatives are approved for the prevention of osteoporosis and relief of menopause-associated vasomotor symptoms and vulvovaginal atrophy. They are used to increase the serum estrogen level, which, in turn, decreases the rate of bone resorption. [232] The lowest effective dose at the shortest duration necessary should be used. Estrogen therapy reduces bone resorption and retards or halts postmenopausal bone loss. Estrogen therapy is no longer a first-line approach for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women because of increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, venous thromboembolism, and coronary disease. The FDA recommends that other approved nonestrogen treatments be considered first for osteoporosis prevention.

Norethindrone/ethinylestradiol (Femhrt)

Ethinyl estradiol with norethindrone is used to prevent osteoporosis associated with menopause. When prescribing it solely for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis, therapy should be considered only for women at significant risk of osteoporosis.

Estradiol/norethindrone acetate (Activella, Mimvey, CombiPatch)

Ethinyl estradiol with norethindrone is used to prevent osteoporosis associated with menopause. When prescribing it solely for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis, therapy should be considered only for women at significant risk of osteoporosis.


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