Osteoporosis treatments help strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of breaking a bone. They're prescribed if your risk of breaking a bone is significantly higher than normal.
Osteoporosis treatments can 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
- A combination of both
Osteoporosis treatments don't reduce pain caused by broken bones. Find out about managing pain.
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Decisions about treatment
Osteoporosis treatments are usually prescribed if your risk of breaking a bone is significantly higher than normal.
With a wide range of osteoporosis medications available, it's understandable to wonder which one is best for you. The decision about which treatment is right for you, and how long you need to take it, depends on your personal circumstances.
Short-term treatment may be all you need. If your risk of breaking a bone is high, it's likely you need to take a treatment for a longer period of time.