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

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Should I Take a Calcium Supplement?

    October 27, 2015

    Calcium is good for your bones right? Well, the science on calcium supplements and dietary calcium just got fuzzier—and it was already pretty fuzzy.

    Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone mass that occurs because, after the age of 30, we resorb bone but don’t make any new. Unlike pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis, osteoporosis doesn’t hurt or cause pain—that is, until you have a hip or spine fracture. See More

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Popular Osteoporosis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Estrogens 51 See Prices
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Estrogens 51 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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