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Doctor examining postmenopausal woman for osteoporosis.

Good News for Postmenopausal Bones: Benefits of Osteoporosis Meds Outweigh Risks

New practice guidelines issued by the Endocrine Society provide information about osteoporosis medication options and answer questions women may have.

By Diane Domina
A doctor examines X-rays of a patient's spine.

An Injection for Vertebral Fracture Relief?

In some patients, facet joint injections can be an effective first-line treatment for fractures in the vertebrae, eliminating the need for surgery.

By Peter Jaret
Should You Take a 'Drug Holiday' from Bisphosphonates?

Should You Take a 'Drug Holiday' From Bisphosphonates?

In some cases, the risks of these osteoporosis medications indicate that stopping them for a while is a good idea.

By HealthAfter50
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Scared to Take Osteoporosis Drugs?

If you have osteoporosis, you may be tempted to skip bisphosphonates because you fear the side effects.

By HealthAfter50
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8 Ways to Prevent a Bone Fracture

Fragility fractures affect up to one-half of women and one-third of men over age 50, but there are steps you can take to help prevent them.

By HealthAfter50
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New Worries About Calcium Supplements

Getting more bone-building calcium by taking supplements seems like it should be a good thing. But some doctors aren’t so sure.

By Melissa Caravella
Woman looking at pills in medicine cabinet

Risks and Benefits of 5 Osteoporosis Medications

Medications approved for treating osteoporosis fall into the following general categories: bisphosphonates, selective estrogen receptor modulators, hormone and hormone-like preparations, monoclonal antibodies and anabolic agents.

By HealthAfter50