What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones are weak and can easily break. Osteoporosis is a symptomless condition, but people with this condition are more at risk for bone fracture. Osteoporosis is more common in women than men.

Treatment for osteoporosis includes taking medication. Common drug classes used to treat osteoporosis are bisphosphonate / vitamin D analogue combinations, bisphosphonates, calcitonins, estrogen / progestin combinations, estrogen agonist/antagonists, estrogens, parathyroid hormones, and RANKL inhibitors.

Savings Tips for Osteoporosis

  • New FDA Approval: Tymlos for Osteoporosis

    May 26, 2017

    Osteoporosis affects one in four women ages 65 and older, making it more likely that you will break a bone in the hip, forearm, wrist, or spine.

    Osteoporosis occurs when you lose bone, don’t make enough bone, or a combination—and it can be caused by many things, including genetic makeup, diet, diseases and even some medications. Some common symptoms include back pain, loss of height over time, stooped posture, and bones that fracture more easily than expected. See More

  • 8 Overlooked Men’s Health Issues

    April 28, 2016

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, so of course we need a close eye on cardiac risk factors in primary care. But what other issues do men face that often get overlooked? Move over breast cancer and menopause—here are some things men, and the people who love them, need to know about.

    1. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate: Half of men over 50 will experience symptoms related to BPH at some point.
    2.  See More
  • Miacalcin vs Fortical: What’s the Difference?

    October 29, 2015

    Miacalcin and Fortical have very similar active ingredients, and are both used to treat osteoporosis. However, they are two different drugs and can’t be substituted for each other.

    Here are the 5 major differences:

    1. Approved uses. Miacalcin (calcitonin salmon) is approved by the FDA to treat Paget’s disease, hypercalcemia, and postmenopausal osteoporosis. Fortical (calcitonin salmon, rDNA origin) is only approved to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis.
    2.  See More
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Popular Osteoporosis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
NSAIDs 16 See Prices
Estrogens 83 See Prices
Estrogens 83 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Osteoporosis Drug Classes

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