Osteoporosis is a disorder marked by loss of bone density. Calcium, vitamin D, and estrogen

may increase calcium deposition in bone. Several different drugs are used to treat

osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates prevent bone loss, and hormone-like drugs called selective

estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) increase bone formation. 

Examples are listed as following:

Bisphosphonates—prevent bone loss

   alendronate (Fosamax)

   ibandronate sodium (Boniva)

   zoledronic acid (Zometa)

Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators


   raloxifene (Evista)

   tamoxifen (Nolvadex)

Other Antiosteoporosis Drugs

   denosumab (Prolia)

   teriparatide (Forteo)