Benefits and Risks of Prescription Medication

Did you know: If you are at high risk of fracture and not taking medication, you are more likely to break a bone than experience a serious side effect from a prescribed medication.

Osteoporosis medication is safe and effective and can reduce the risk of another fracture by 30 to 70%.

All medications have potential side effects, even over-the-counter ones we buy and use routinely. With osteoporosis medications, the more serious side effects - like not healing after dental surgery - happen to a very small number of people.

Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns regarding your medication and potential side effects.

Each person is different and finding the right medication for you may take some time. When choosing a medication, you and your healthcare provider will consider your other health conditions, potential side effects, medication costs, and the dosage and regime that are best for you.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have trouble taking your medication for any reason and before making changes to your medication.

Remember, a broken bone from osteoporosis can be devastating. It can result in:

  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Fear of the future
  • Death from problems after a hip fracture

Osteoporosis medication can significantly reduce the risk of future fracture. Talk with your healthcare provider to learn more.

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