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How do I know my drug treatment Is there a natural way of treating For osteoporosis information and support
is working? osteoporosis and preventing fractures contact our Helpline:
It is difficult to know if a treatment is rather than using drugs?
0845 450 0230 or 01761 472721
working because its main purpose is to Although a healthy lifestyle helps to keep
prevent fractures, rather than to relieve bones strong, it is considered insufficient on nurses@nos.org.uk
pain or symptoms. However, all of the drug
treatments for osteoporosis have been
its own to prevent fractures in people with
osteoporosis who are at high risk of fracture. To order an information pack or other
Drug treatments
clinically tested and research has proven
they reduce the risk of breaking bones.
Complementary therapies have not been
shown to reduce the risk of breaking a bone.
publications:
0845 130 3076 or 01761 471771
for osteoporosis
Having a bone density scan provides some If you are at high risk of fracture it is unlikely
information but doesnt tell you everything therefore that a natural approach will be info@nos.org.uk
about your bone strength or show sufficient to reduce the risk of bones breaking.
conclusively whether a drug is working or Ultimately after discussing the risks and Our publications are available free
not. If you have a fracture whilst on treatment benefits with your doctor, the decision about of charge, but as a charity, we would
it does not necessarily mean that the drug whether to take a drug treatment will be yours. appreciate any donation you are able to
is not working no drug is 100% effective. give to support our work. Or why not join
However if you continue to break bones, For more information about specific
drug treatments for osteoporosis see our us as a member to receive our quarterly
then, depending on your circumstances, magazine, packed with useful information,
a different drug may be suggested. factsheets on individual drugs. For more
general information on drug treatments tips and the latest medical news?
Are the drugs just for older women? for osteoporosis, such as how to decide 01761 473287
which drugs to take, see our booklet
No, most drug treatments are also licensed All About Osteoporosis. www.nos.org.uk
for men with osteoporosis. Most people
who need a treatment will be older because
the risk of breaking a bone increases with
age. Osteoporosis can occur in younger
men and women and even children.
In these cases a specialist opinion may
be recommended to establish whether
a drug treatment is required.

Camerton, Bath, BA2 0PJ


General email: info@nos.org.uk
National Osteoporosis Society is a registered charity No. 1102712
in England and Wales and no. SC039755 in Scotland.
Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no. 4995013

NOS 00217 First published July 2014.


100mm 100mm 98mm 97mm

What is osteoporosis? What drug treatments are available? How do I know if I need a drug treatment How can I get the best out of my treatment?
and which one should I take? Continue to take tablets regularly for
Osteoporosis occurs when the struts which
make up the mesh-like structure within Bisphosphonates: All drug treatments for osteoporosis reduce the correct length of time; this will vary
bones become thin causing them to become the risk of fracture to about the same extent. depending on your individual circumstances.
alendronic acid / Tablets Occasionally, short-term treatment may be
fragile and break easily, often following a
minor bump or fall. These broken bones alendronate (Fosamax), A range of factors will affect decisions about required although usually a minimum of five
are often referred to as fragility fractures. risedronate (Actonel), which one to take. years treatment is needed.
The terms fracture and broken bone ibandronate (Bonviva)
These will include: Read the instructions with your medicines
mean the same thing. Although fractures zoledronic acid (Aclasta) Infusions and and follow them in order to reduce the risk of
can occur in different parts of the body, the Your risk of breaking a bone in the near
ibandronate (Bonviva) Injections side effects and to ensure also that the drug is
wrists, hips and spine are most commonly future (including a compression fracture
absorbed properly (further information may be
affected. It is these broken bones or fractures in the spine )
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators found in our fact sheets).
which can lead to the pain associated with Which type of drug will suit you - tablet;
osteoporosis. Spinal fractures can also cause If you have problems or side effects, talk to
raloxifene (Evista) Tablet drink; injection; infusion (drip) your doctor, nurse or pharmacist or ring our
loss of height and curvature of the spine.
Potential side effects and long-term risks Helpline to discuss your concerns.
strontium ranelate Sachet of balancing them against the benefits for Make sure you eat a well-balanced calcium
Why do I need a drug treatment and (Protelos) granules, mixed your bones. rich diet .Your doctor may prescribe calcium
what will they do? with water
Local or NHS guidance, based on what is and vitamin D supplements as well as
Your doctor will have recommended a drug cost-effective. osteoporosis drug treatments if your intake
denosumab (Prolia) Injection is thought to be low.
treatment because you have osteoporosis and Whether a generic non-branded drug is
have a high risk of fractures (broken bones). available which is cheaper than a Ask your doctor about how long you need
These treatments for osteoporosis help Parathyroid hormone (PTH) treatment
branded form but essentially the same to take your osteoporosis treatment. Long-
strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of teriparatide (Forsteo) Injection e.g. risedronate (brand name Actonel) term use of some drug treatments can cause
having fractures. Factors such as your age and problems. Although these are rare, it is now
whether you have broken bones easily in the You will also have your own health beliefs considered good practice for doctors to review
parathyroid hormone Injection
past will have been considered in the decision to about medications and your own experience your osteoporosis drugs after a number of
treatment (Preotact)
start you on treatment. You may also have had a and understanding of osteoporosis and years. Your doctor will make sure that the drugs
bone density scan which can provide additional fractures. Discussing these with your doctor are still needed, that they arent causing side
Less commonly used drug treatments will help in determining what is the right
information about how strong your bones are. for osteoporosis effects and also that the benefits of continuing
treatment for you. to take the drug continue to outweigh any
Will osteoporosis drug treatments help Hormone therapy or hormone replacement potential harm. You may need to continue to
my pain? therapy (HRT) for women take the drug, have a pause in your treatment
Although these drugs strengthen bones and for between 1 and 3 years or be advised to
reduce the risk of fracture, they do not relieve the Hormone therapy for men stop taking it altogether. Your doctor will be
pain of broken bones. Your doctor can prescribe able to advise you on what is best for you
calcitriol (Rocaltrol) tablet
other types of drugs to help relieve your pain. based on your individual circumstances.
100mm 100mm 98mm 97mm

What is osteoporosis? What drug treatments are available? How do I know if I need a drug treatment How can I get the best out of my treatment?
and which one should I take? Continue to take tablets regularly for
Osteoporosis occurs when the struts which
make up the mesh-like structure within Bisphosphonates: All drug treatments for osteoporosis reduce the correct length of time; this will vary
bones become thin causing them to become the risk of fracture to about the same extent. depending on your individual circumstances.
alendronic acid / Tablets Occasionally, short-term treatment may be
fragile and break easily, often following a
minor bump or fall. These broken bones alendronate (Fosamax), A range of factors will affect decisions about required although usually a minimum of five
are often referred to as fragility fractures. risedronate (Actonel), which one to take. years treatment is needed.
The terms fracture and broken bone ibandronate (Bonviva)
These will include: Read the instructions with your medicines
mean the same thing. Although fractures zoledronic acid (Aclasta) Infusions and and follow them in order to reduce the risk of
can occur in different parts of the body, the Your risk of breaking a bone in the near
ibandronate (Bonviva) Injections side effects and to ensure also that the drug is
wrists, hips and spine are most commonly future (including a compression fracture
absorbed properly (further information may be
affected. It is these broken bones or fractures in the spine )
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators found in our fact sheets).
which can lead to the pain associated with Which type of drug will suit you - tablet;
osteoporosis. Spinal fractures can also cause If you have problems or side effects, talk to
raloxifene (Evista) Tablet drink; injection; infusion (drip) your doctor, nurse or pharmacist or ring our
loss of height and curvature of the spine.
Potential side effects and long-term risks Helpline to discuss your concerns.
strontium ranelate Sachet of balancing them against the benefits for Make sure you eat a well-balanced calcium
Why do I need a drug treatment and (Protelos) granules, mixed your bones. rich diet .Your doctor may prescribe calcium
what will they do? with water
Local or NHS guidance, based on what is and vitamin D supplements as well as
Your doctor will have recommended a drug cost-effective. osteoporosis drug treatments if your intake
denosumab (Prolia) Injection is thought to be low.
treatment because you have osteoporosis and Whether a generic non-branded drug is
have a high risk of fractures (broken bones). available which is cheaper than a Ask your doctor about how long you need
These treatments for osteoporosis help Parathyroid hormone (PTH) treatment
branded form but essentially the same to take your osteoporosis treatment. Long-
strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of teriparatide (Forsteo) Injection e.g. risedronate (brand name Actonel) term use of some drug treatments can cause
having fractures. Factors such as your age and problems. Although these are rare, it is now
whether you have broken bones easily in the You will also have your own health beliefs considered good practice for doctors to review
parathyroid hormone Injection
past will have been considered in the decision to about medications and your own experience your osteoporosis drugs after a number of
treatment (Preotact)
start you on treatment. You may also have had a and understanding of osteoporosis and years. Your doctor will make sure that the drugs
bone density scan which can provide additional fractures. Discussing these with your doctor are still needed, that they arent causing side
Less commonly used drug treatments will help in determining what is the right
information about how strong your bones are. for osteoporosis effects and also that the benefits of continuing
treatment for you. to take the drug continue to outweigh any
Will osteoporosis drug treatments help Hormone therapy or hormone replacement potential harm. You may need to continue to
my pain? therapy (HRT) for women take the drug, have a pause in your treatment
Although these drugs strengthen bones and for between 1 and 3 years or be advised to
reduce the risk of fracture, they do not relieve the Hormone therapy for men stop taking it altogether. Your doctor will be
pain of broken bones. Your doctor can prescribe able to advise you on what is best for you
calcitriol (Rocaltrol) tablet
other types of drugs to help relieve your pain. based on your individual circumstances.
100mm 100mm 98mm 97mm

What is osteoporosis? What drug treatments are available? How do I know if I need a drug treatment How can I get the best out of my treatment?
and which one should I take? Continue to take tablets regularly for
Osteoporosis occurs when the struts which
make up the mesh-like structure within Bisphosphonates: All drug treatments for osteoporosis reduce the correct length of time; this will vary
bones become thin causing them to become the risk of fracture to about the same extent. depending on your individual circumstances.
alendronic acid / Tablets Occasionally, short-term treatment may be
fragile and break easily, often following a
minor bump or fall. These broken bones alendronate (Fosamax), A range of factors will affect decisions about required although usually a minimum of five
are often referred to as fragility fractures. risedronate (Actonel), which one to take. years treatment is needed.
The terms fracture and broken bone ibandronate (Bonviva)
These will include: Read the instructions with your medicines
mean the same thing. Although fractures zoledronic acid (Aclasta) Infusions and and follow them in order to reduce the risk of
can occur in different parts of the body, the Your risk of breaking a bone in the near
ibandronate (Bonviva) Injections side effects and to ensure also that the drug is
wrists, hips and spine are most commonly future (including a compression fracture
absorbed properly (further information may be
affected. It is these broken bones or fractures in the spine )
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators found in our fact sheets).
which can lead to the pain associated with Which type of drug will suit you - tablet;
osteoporosis. Spinal fractures can also cause If you have problems or side effects, talk to
raloxifene (Evista) Tablet drink; injection; infusion (drip) your doctor, nurse or pharmacist or ring our
loss of height and curvature of the spine.
Potential side effects and long-term risks Helpline to discuss your concerns.
strontium ranelate Sachet of balancing them against the benefits for Make sure you eat a well-balanced calcium
Why do I need a drug treatment and (Protelos) granules, mixed your bones. rich diet .Your doctor may prescribe calcium
what will they do? with water
Local or NHS guidance, based on what is and vitamin D supplements as well as
Your doctor will have recommended a drug cost-effective. osteoporosis drug treatments if your intake
denosumab (Prolia) Injection is thought to be low.
treatment because you have osteoporosis and Whether a generic non-branded drug is
have a high risk of fractures (broken bones). available which is cheaper than a Ask your doctor about how long you need
These treatments for osteoporosis help Parathyroid hormone (PTH) treatment
branded form but essentially the same to take your osteoporosis treatment. Long-
strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of teriparatide (Forsteo) Injection e.g. risedronate (brand name Actonel) term use of some drug treatments can cause
having fractures. Factors such as your age and problems. Although these are rare, it is now
whether you have broken bones easily in the You will also have your own health beliefs considered good practice for doctors to review
parathyroid hormone Injection
past will have been considered in the decision to about medications and your own experience your osteoporosis drugs after a number of
treatment (Preotact)
start you on treatment. You may also have had a and understanding of osteoporosis and years. Your doctor will make sure that the drugs
bone density scan which can provide additional fractures. Discussing these with your doctor are still needed, that they arent causing side
Less commonly used drug treatments will help in determining what is the right
information about how strong your bones are. for osteoporosis effects and also that the benefits of continuing
treatment for you. to take the drug continue to outweigh any
Will osteoporosis drug treatments help Hormone therapy or hormone replacement potential harm. You may need to continue to
my pain? therapy (HRT) for women take the drug, have a pause in your treatment
Although these drugs strengthen bones and for between 1 and 3 years or be advised to
reduce the risk of fracture, they do not relieve the Hormone therapy for men stop taking it altogether. Your doctor will be
pain of broken bones. Your doctor can prescribe able to advise you on what is best for you
calcitriol (Rocaltrol) tablet
other types of drugs to help relieve your pain. based on your individual circumstances.
100mm 100mm 98mm 97mm

What is osteoporosis? What drug treatments are available? How do I know if I need a drug treatment How can I get the best out of my treatment?
and which one should I take? Continue to take tablets regularly for
Osteoporosis occurs when the struts which
make up the mesh-like structure within Bisphosphonates: All drug treatments for osteoporosis reduce the correct length of time; this will vary
bones become thin causing them to become the risk of fracture to about the same extent. depending on your individual circumstances.
alendronic acid / Tablets Occasionally, short-term treatment may be
fragile and break easily, often following a
minor bump or fall. These broken bones alendronate (Fosamax), A range of factors will affect decisions about required although usually a minimum of five
are often referred to as fragility fractures. risedronate (Actonel), which one to take. years treatment is needed.
The terms fracture and broken bone ibandronate (Bonviva)
These will include: Read the instructions with your medicines
mean the same thing. Although fractures zoledronic acid (Aclasta) Infusions and and follow them in order to reduce the risk of
can occur in different parts of the body, the Your risk of breaking a bone in the near
ibandronate (Bonviva) Injections side effects and to ensure also that the drug is
wrists, hips and spine are most commonly future (including a compression fracture
absorbed properly (further information may be
affected. It is these broken bones or fractures in the spine )
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators found in our fact sheets).
which can lead to the pain associated with Which type of drug will suit you - tablet;
osteoporosis. Spinal fractures can also cause If you have problems or side effects, talk to
raloxifene (Evista) Tablet drink; injection; infusion (drip) your doctor, nurse or pharmacist or ring our
loss of height and curvature of the spine.
Potential side effects and long-term risks Helpline to discuss your concerns.
strontium ranelate Sachet of balancing them against the benefits for Make sure you eat a well-balanced calcium
Why do I need a drug treatment and (Protelos) granules, mixed your bones. rich diet .Your doctor may prescribe calcium
what will they do? with water
Local or NHS guidance, based on what is and vitamin D supplements as well as
Your doctor will have recommended a drug cost-effective. osteoporosis drug treatments if your intake
denosumab (Prolia) Injection is thought to be low.
treatment because you have osteoporosis and Whether a generic non-branded drug is
have a high risk of fractures (broken bones). available which is cheaper than a Ask your doctor about how long you need
These treatments for osteoporosis help Parathyroid hormone (PTH) treatment
branded form but essentially the same to take your osteoporosis treatment. Long-
strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of teriparatide (Forsteo) Injection e.g. risedronate (brand name Actonel) term use of some drug treatments can cause
having fractures. Factors such as your age and problems. Although these are rare, it is now
whether you have broken bones easily in the You will also have your own health beliefs considered good practice for doctors to review
parathyroid hormone Injection
past will have been considered in the decision to about medications and your own experience your osteoporosis drugs after a number of
treatment (Preotact)
start you on treatment. You may also have had a and understanding of osteoporosis and years. Your doctor will make sure that the drugs
bone density scan which can provide additional fractures. Discussing these with your doctor are still needed, that they arent causing side
Less commonly used drug treatments will help in determining what is the right
information about how strong your bones are. for osteoporosis effects and also that the benefits of continuing
treatment for you. to take the drug continue to outweigh any
Will osteoporosis drug treatments help Hormone therapy or hormone replacement potential harm. You may need to continue to
my pain? therapy (HRT) for women take the drug, have a pause in your treatment
Although these drugs strengthen bones and for between 1 and 3 years or be advised to
reduce the risk of fracture, they do not relieve the Hormone therapy for men stop taking it altogether. Your doctor will be
pain of broken bones. Your doctor can prescribe able to advise you on what is best for you
calcitriol (Rocaltrol) tablet
other types of drugs to help relieve your pain. based on your individual circumstances.
97mm 98mm 100mm 100mm

How do I know my drug treatment Is there a natural way of treating For osteoporosis information and support
is working? osteoporosis and preventing fractures contact our Helpline:
It is difficult to know if a treatment is rather than using drugs?
0845 450 0230 or 01761 472721
working because its main purpose is to Although a healthy lifestyle helps to keep
prevent fractures, rather than to relieve bones strong, it is considered insufficient on nurses@nos.org.uk
pain or symptoms. However, all of the drug
treatments for osteoporosis have been
its own to prevent fractures in people with
osteoporosis who are at high risk of fracture. To order an information pack or other
Drug treatments
clinically tested and research has proven
they reduce the risk of breaking bones.
Complementary therapies have not been
shown to reduce the risk of breaking a bone.
publications:
0845 130 3076 or 01761 471771
for osteoporosis
Having a bone density scan provides some If you are at high risk of fracture it is unlikely
information but doesnt tell you everything therefore that a natural approach will be info@nos.org.uk
about your bone strength or show sufficient to reduce the risk of bones breaking.
conclusively whether a drug is working or Ultimately after discussing the risks and Our publications are available free
not. If you have a fracture whilst on treatment benefits with your doctor, the decision about of charge, but as a charity, we would
it does not necessarily mean that the drug whether to take a drug treatment will be yours. appreciate any donation you are able to
is not working no drug is 100% effective. give to support our work. Or why not join
However if you continue to break bones, For more information about specific
drug treatments for osteoporosis see our us as a member to receive our quarterly
then, depending on your circumstances, magazine, packed with useful information,
a different drug may be suggested. factsheets on individual drugs. For more
general information on drug treatments tips and the latest medical news?
Are the drugs just for older women? for osteoporosis, such as how to decide 01761 473287
which drugs to take, see our booklet
No, most drug treatments are also licensed All About Osteoporosis. www.nos.org.uk
for men with osteoporosis. Most people
who need a treatment will be older because
the risk of breaking a bone increases with
age. Osteoporosis can occur in younger
men and women and even children.
In these cases a specialist opinion may
be recommended to establish whether
a drug treatment is required.

Camerton, Bath, BA2 0PJ


General email: info@nos.org.uk
National Osteoporosis Society is a registered charity No. 1102712
in England and Wales and no. SC039755 in Scotland.
Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no. 4995013

NOS 00217 First published July 2014.


97mm 98mm 100mm 100mm

How do I know my drug treatment Is there a natural way of treating For osteoporosis information and support
is working? osteoporosis and preventing fractures contact our Helpline:
It is difficult to know if a treatment is rather than using drugs?
0845 450 0230 or 01761 472721
working because its main purpose is to Although a healthy lifestyle helps to keep
prevent fractures, rather than to relieve bones strong, it is considered insufficient on nurses@nos.org.uk
pain or symptoms. However, all of the drug
treatments for osteoporosis have been
its own to prevent fractures in people with
osteoporosis who are at high risk of fracture. To order an information pack or other
Drug treatments
clinically tested and research has proven
they reduce the risk of breaking bones.
Complementary therapies have not been
shown to reduce the risk of breaking a bone.
publications:
0845 130 3076 or 01761 471771
for osteoporosis
Having a bone density scan provides some If you are at high risk of fracture it is unlikely
information but doesnt tell you everything therefore that a natural approach will be info@nos.org.uk
about your bone strength or show sufficient to reduce the risk of bones breaking.
conclusively whether a drug is working or Ultimately after discussing the risks and Our publications are available free
not. If you have a fracture whilst on treatment benefits with your doctor, the decision about of charge, but as a charity, we would
it does not necessarily mean that the drug whether to take a drug treatment will be yours. appreciate any donation you are able to
is not working no drug is 100% effective. give to support our work. Or why not join
However if you continue to break bones, For more information about specific
drug treatments for osteoporosis see our us as a member to receive our quarterly
then, depending on your circumstances, magazine, packed with useful information,
a different drug may be suggested. factsheets on individual drugs. For more
general information on drug treatments tips and the latest medical news?
Are the drugs just for older women? for osteoporosis, such as how to decide 01761 473287
which drugs to take, see our booklet
No, most drug treatments are also licensed All About Osteoporosis. www.nos.org.uk
for men with osteoporosis. Most people
who need a treatment will be older because
the risk of breaking a bone increases with
age. Osteoporosis can occur in younger
men and women and even children.
In these cases a specialist opinion may
be recommended to establish whether
a drug treatment is required.

Camerton, Bath, BA2 0PJ


General email: info@nos.org.uk
National Osteoporosis Society is a registered charity No. 1102712
in England and Wales and no. SC039755 in Scotland.
Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no. 4995013

NOS 00217 First published July 2014.


97mm 98mm 100mm 100mm

How do I know my drug treatment Is there a natural way of treating For osteoporosis information and support
is working? osteoporosis and preventing fractures contact our Helpline:
It is difficult to know if a treatment is rather than using drugs?
0845 450 0230 or 01761 472721
working because its main purpose is to Although a healthy lifestyle helps to keep
prevent fractures, rather than to relieve bones strong, it is considered insufficient on nurses@nos.org.uk
pain or symptoms. However, all of the drug
treatments for osteoporosis have been
its own to prevent fractures in people with
osteoporosis who are at high risk of fracture. To order an information pack or other
Drug treatments
clinically tested and research has proven
they reduce the risk of breaking bones.
Complementary therapies have not been
shown to reduce the risk of breaking a bone.
publications:
0845 130 3076 or 01761 471771
for osteoporosis
Having a bone density scan provides some If you are at high risk of fracture it is unlikely
information but doesnt tell you everything therefore that a natural approach will be info@nos.org.uk
about your bone strength or show sufficient to reduce the risk of bones breaking.
conclusively whether a drug is working or Ultimately after discussing the risks and Our publications are available free
not. If you have a fracture whilst on treatment benefits with your doctor, the decision about of charge, but as a charity, we would
it does not necessarily mean that the drug whether to take a drug treatment will be yours. appreciate any donation you are able to
is not working no drug is 100% effective. give to support our work. Or why not join
However if you continue to break bones, For more information about specific
drug treatments for osteoporosis see our us as a member to receive our quarterly
then, depending on your circumstances, magazine, packed with useful information,
a different drug may be suggested. factsheets on individual drugs. For more
general information on drug treatments tips and the latest medical news?
Are the drugs just for older women? for osteoporosis, such as how to decide 01761 473287
which drugs to take, see our booklet
No, most drug treatments are also licensed All About Osteoporosis. www.nos.org.uk
for men with osteoporosis. Most people
who need a treatment will be older because
the risk of breaking a bone increases with
age. Osteoporosis can occur in younger
men and women and even children.
In these cases a specialist opinion may
be recommended to establish whether
a drug treatment is required.

Camerton, Bath, BA2 0PJ


General email: info@nos.org.uk
National Osteoporosis Society is a registered charity No. 1102712
in England and Wales and no. SC039755 in Scotland.
Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no. 4995013

NOS 00217 First published July 2014.