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Osteoporosis

Commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs aren't for everyone

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: The bisphosphonate drugs I take for osteoporosis aren't working in my case. My doctor has suggested a few alternatives. Any thoughts on what might be best?

ANSWER: Oral bisphosphonate drugs -- including alendronate (Fosamax), risedronate (Actonel and Atelvia) and ibandronate (Boniva) -- are the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs. Bisphosphonates are less expensive than the alternatives, are safe in the long term, and are effective in preventing fractures. Still, some women aren't sufficiently helped by bisphosphonates, and some can't take them due to issues with swallowing, stomach upset, heartburn, low-functioning kidneys, or other side effects, such as...

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