Drugs called bisphosphonates has become the new mainstay treatment for postmenopausal women diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Taking just one pill a week, or even one a month, may prevent, slow or stop the breakdown and progress of this bone-thinning condition.
Bisphosphonates work by slowing the breakdown and reabsorption of old bone, an ongoing process that accelerates as estrogen levels fall during the first few years after menopause. By slowing the process, bisphosphonates help preserve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures.
Bisphosphonates available to treat osteoporosis include alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva) and risedronate (Actonel).
Patients should talk with a doctor about the best ways to prevent and treat osteoporosis.