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Drug Treatment for Osteoporosis and Low Bone Density: New Guidelines from the American College of Physicians

By September 22, 2008

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In new guidelines published last week, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommended that doctors offer drug treatment to men and women who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.

The ACP also recommended that physicians consider using medications to prevent fracture for their patients (both men and women) who have low bone density and are at risk of developing osteoporosis.

The physicians who developed the guidelines did not find evidence to prove that one drug to treat osteoporosis is significantly better than another drug. Therefore, the ACP recommend that doctors work with their patients to make treatment decisions based on the risks, benefits, and side effects of the available medications.

The complete guideline, including an outline of osteoporosis medications is available online from the ACP.

The ACP is a national organization of internists -- physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

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