Drugs Resembling Fosamax’s Actions

26.10.2012

Fosamax is the product name for alendronate, a bisphosphonate kind of medicine. It is known to treat osteoporosis, a deteriorating ailment causing bones to be porous and fragile resulting to fractures.The drug’s main action is to slow down bone loss. Its route of administration is by mouth and taken day by day or by week.Others may look for some substitutes because of certain complications. Having this illness is somewhat tricky since osteoporosis does not have symptoms.

 

The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Clinician Guide classified two other bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis treatment. Listed are Boniva with ibandronate as its generic name and risedronate’s Actonel. Both are used for osteoporosis therapy similar to Fosamax though they are only taken once a month.There is also zoledronic acid, also recognized as Reclast and Zometa which is a once-a-year bisphosphonate choice and is given in a parenteral route through intravenous (IV).

 

Denosumab is sold as Prolia in the market.{It is used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who have high risk of bone fracture,and also for the treatment of bone loss in patients with prostate or breast cancer undergoing hormone therapy, and to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis as well.}The drug’s role is to increase bone mass in both men and women suffering from osteoporosis and to patients whose experiencing hormone therapy for prostate or breast cancer, it may help avoid bone loss.Twice a year, you will have a shot of Prolia under the skin of your stomach, upper thigh or arm.

 

Given through injection, this drug Forteo (teriparatide) mimics Fosamax’s action.It is given on a daily basis like those insulin pens of diabetics, according to facts about this drug.What comprises Forteo is an artificially made parathyroid hormone which is naturally secreted in our body.It increases bone density as well as bone strength to help prevent fractures.

 

Evista (raloxifene) is also recognized by the National Osteoporosis Foundation as cure to spine fractures related to osteoporosis. Those who have breast cancer may also take advantage of this drug, same with the effects of Tamoxifen.Another choice of therapy for women with osteoporosis is to undergo hormone replacement, this will surge levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Miacalcin (calcitonin), a nasal spray, is believed to treat osteoporosis but the Clinician’s Guide does not have enough evidence to back it up.

 

Source:

rxlist.com/prolia-drug.htm

medicinenet.com/teriparatide-injection/article.htm

 

 

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