What Are Bisphosphonate Drugs Used For?
Bisphosphonate drugs work to slow bone loss. They target osteoclast cells that break down old bone and slow their activity, reducing bone breakdown.
Bisphosphonates are used to:
- Reduce the risk of hip and spine fractures in osteoporosis
- Treat Paget's disease of bone
- Prevent or slow bone disease and improve symptoms in people with myeloma
- Prevent or reduce bone problems, including for pain relief, in some patients with advanced prostate cancer
- Reduce the rate of early breast cancer recurrence in the bone in some postmenopausal women
- Help some postmenopausal women with early breast cancer live longer
- Prevent complications from other cancers that have spread to the bones
What Are Some Examples of Bisphosphonate Drugs?
Bisphosphonate drugs include:
What Are Side Effects of Bisphosphonate Drugs?
Side effects of bisphosphonate drugs are uncommon and may include:
- Itchy rash
- Photosensitivity (rash on exposure to sunlight)
- Mouth soreness
- Flu-like symptoms (more common with intravenous treatment)
- Bone pain (more common with intravenous treatments)
- Muscle pain
Rare side effects of bisphosphonate drugs include:
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