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Medication and treatment

Osteoporosis medications are prescribed to help strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of breaking a bone

Osteoporosis medications work by:

  • Slowing down the cells that break down bone (osteoclasts) - these are known as ‘antiresorptive’ drugs
  • Stimulating the cells that build new bone (osteoblasts) - these are known as ‘anabolic’ drugs
  • Other ways, which may combine both of the above.

Osteoporosis medications don't reduce pain caused by broken bones. But don't worry - if you're experiencing pain after breaking a bone, there are medications and treatments for pain that can help you.

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