If you have broken a bone as a result of osteoporosis then you are more likely to break another. The aim of all drug treatments is to lower your risk of future fractures and there are a range of effective medications that do just that. Some are available only from specialists.
A number of effective medications are approved for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. These medications must be tailored to a person’s specific needs and used in conjunction with recommended lifestyle changes.
Bisphosphonates (alendronic acid, risedronate, ibandronate) tablets are part of a ‘family’ of drugs that are commonly prescribed by doctors for people with osteoporosis.
If taken correctly they reduce your risk of breaking a bone by 50%. However, they are poorly absorbed, which is why you need to take them correctly.
|Top tips when taking your weekly or monthly bisphosphonate tablets|
|Take the tablet first thing in the morning on an empty stomach|
|Swallow the tablet whole with a large glass (250ml) of tap water|
|Remain upright. Do not lay down|
|Move around for 60 minutes if you can|
|Wait 60 minutes before having any food or drink (other than tap water)|
|Do not take your calcium supplement on the morning you take your bisphosphonate tablet (wait at least 4 hours). If you prefer, have a calcium supplement free day|
|Ask your local pharmacist to do a ‘medicines use review’, especially if you are taking medicines for other health conditions (see below video of a medicines use review)|
|Speak to your dentist, good dental hygiene is important|
Example video of a Medicines Use Review
Use the links below for more information on other commonly available treatments: