Medications for the Management of Osteoporosis

There is already lots of information available on medications for the treatment of osteoporosis in England. On this page we carefully selected some of the best available information and advice from trusted sources that are currently accessible online. We have provided you with a short summary for each to help you decide which one of them would suit your needs and interest the most.


Alendronate, Etidronate and Risedronate belong to a group of drugs called Bisphosphonates. Your GP might prescribe one of these medications for you if you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, as Bisphosphonates are proven to prevent the loss of bone mass and can reduce the risk of fragility fractures if taken as prescribed. Not everyone agrees on how long Bisphosphonates should be taken for. However, most experts agree that they need to be taken for a number of years to see the full effect. 

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Calcium Supplements

A balanced diet is often sufficient to cover your recommended daily intake of Calcium, however Calcium supplements are often recommended and prescribed for certain patient groups, including women with Osteoporosis. Calcium supplements are available on prescription, or you can buy them at pharmacies without a prescription.

If you have been prescribed Bisphosphonates, your GP may also prescribe you Calcium supplements if your daily dietary calcium intake is below 1000mg. 

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Vitamin D Supplements

Calcium is necessary to form healthy bones and Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of Calcium in the body.  Most people are able to get all the Vitamin D they need by eating a healthy, balanced diet and by getting some summer sun. However, a lack of Vitamin D is very common and certain population groups are at risk of not getting enough Vitamin D. These groups include people aged 65 years and over, as older people have thinner skin and so are often unable to produce enough Vitamin D even with sufficient dietary intake and sun exposure.​

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