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Bone Quality: An Empty Term

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Osteoporosis Medications | Osteoporosis Prevention - Consumer Reports Contents 2: Our Recommendations 3: Welcome 6: Who Needs Drugs to Prevent Fractures? 8: Choosing a Drug to Treat Osteoporosis— Effectiveness and Safety 11: Our Best Buy Pick 13: Tips to Talking With Your Doctor 14: How We Picked the Best Buy Drugs to Prevent Fractures 15: Sharing this Report 15: About Us Drugs to prevent bone fractures in people with: Osteoporosis COmparing EffECtivEnEss, safEty, and priCE DRUgS TO TREAT: OSTEOPOROSiS COnsumEr rEpOrts BEst Buy drugs 2 Several types of medication are used to prevent fractures in people with osteoporosis, or “thinning” bones. They include brand-name and generic drugs, and they all pose a risk of side effects. Some are more effective at preventing certain types of fractures than others. There’s little evidence that medication will help if you have osteopenia, sometimes called “pre-osteoporosis,” which is bone density that’s lower than normal but not severe enough to be called osteoporosis. instead of medication, consider lifestyle changes. That includes making sure that your diet has adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, and doing weight- bearing exercise, such as walking or lifting weights. Also take precautions to prevent falls in the first place, such as limiting how much alcohol you drink and avoiding sleeping pills if possible. Consider medication only if your bone density worsens to the point where you have osteoporosis—although it’s still important to continue the lifestyle changes. if your doctor diagnoses osteoporosis and recommends medication, we suggest the following Best Buy Drug after taking into account effectiveness, safety, convenience, and cost: ■■ generic alendronate The drug is available as a generic that costs $39 to $63 a month depending on the dose. it has been shown to help prevent fractures of the hip, spine, and other bones in those with o

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