Osteoporosis medications

Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes weakness of the bones in the human body. The condition of health that an individual with osteoporosis is living in can vary from minor discomfort to severe inability to function properly. Some individuals with osteoporosis could cause damage to their bones simply from sneezing as they have become so weak and brittle.

As osteoporosis is such a serious medical issue that affects many people and limits their quality of life tremendously, treating it appropriately is absolutely necessary. Osteoporosis treatment requires many different forms of osteoporosis medication to be used. Besides drugs, physiotherapy and similar treatments may be suggested to help treat the condition.

Using Bisphosphonates to Treat Osteoporosis
The most common types of medications that are used to treat osteoporosis are classified as bisphosphonates. This type of medication is especially useful for treating osteoporosis in men that develop the condition from steroid use. Bisphosphonates, when used properly, will improve bone density and limit the risk of bone fractures.

When using bisphosphonates it is important to know about all of the side effects and how exactly to use the drug. Some of the frequent side effects when using this drug include pain in the mid-section and feeling nauseous. You should speak with your doctor for more information on how to attain and use this type of drug if you are looking to treat osteoporosis with a bisphosphonate.

Using Raloxifene to Treat Osteoporosis
Raloxifene is a type of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) that basically works on bone tissue in the human body the same way that estrogen would. The one major difference is that the use of raloxifene does not include any of the serious risks that are associated with the use of estrogen. This is the reason for raloxifene being a popular medication to treat osteoporosis in women.

While raloxifene does not include any of the severe side effects that are associated with estrogen use, there are still some side effects that may occur when using raloxifene. One of the side effects that can be common with raloxifene use is hot flash. The other side effect that should be noted even though it is less common is a blood clot as raloxifene can increase the risk of a blood clot forming.

Using Teripatatide to Treat Osteoporosis
If you have a high risk of developing a bone fracture then you may want to use teripatatide to treat your osteoporosis condition. This is a drug that works as a stimulative for bone tissue growth. Teripatatide will not decrease the speed at which bone is lost. Instead, it will just help with the bone growth. This is a much different type of medication when put in perspective with the alternative medications for osteoporosis treatment.

If you choose to use teripatatide then you will be required to administer it through injection. It seems that there are no serious side effects to worry about but there is still information that has yet to be determined. There may be some long term side effects of teripatatide that have not been discovered so you should approach this medication with caution.

Using Calcitonin to Treat Osteoporosis
Calcitonin is an osteoporosis medication that is often made available in nasal spray form. This medication has shown some positive results with treating osteoporosis but the drug is said to be not as effective as other osteoporosis medications such as bisphosphonates. Calcitonin can show some positive results with preventing bone weakness, loss, and fractures.

Calcitonin is not highly recommended when put in comparison with the alternative medications that are available for people with osteoporosis. Besides the fact that other medications are proven to be more effective, calcitonin also has some side effects that you may want to watch out for. The most common side effect is a severe burning sensation or irritation in the nasal area as a result of using the medication. However, if calcitonin is a drug, which you are strongly, wanting to use then you could avoid using the nasal spray product and use the drug through injection instead.

Final Thoughts

There are many different types of treatment methods for osteoporosis. There are also many different medications that can be used to treat the condition. It is highly recommended that you speak with your doctor about the best treatment method for you if you are currently living with this condition. There is no need to live in constant pain as there are many different treatments and one of them should work for you.

Last updated on Nov 22nd, 2010 and filed under Drugs and Medications. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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