10 Osteoporosis Facts to Know

Types of Medications

Several types of medications, including calcitonin (Miacalcin), raloxifene (Evista) and bisphosphonates (Actonel, Fosomax), are effective in preventing and treating osteoporosis. A side effect of Raloxifene is that it may temporarily worsen hot flashes; bisphosphonates can cause stomach upset. Teriparatide (Forteo), a new drug approved by the FDA in 2002, is the first medication that actually stimulates bone formation instead of slowing the breakdown of bone.