What are bisphosphonates and why are they prescribed?
Bisphosphonates can be used to reduce the risk of hip and spine fractures in osteoporosis. They may also be used, at different doses, to treat Paget's disease of bone. Read more
When and how to take bisphosphonates?
Bisphosphonates can be taken by mouth (orally), through a drip into a vein (intravenous infusion) or by an injection into a vein (intravenous injection). Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of bisphosphonates?
Bisphosphonates are usually well tolerated if you carefully follow the instructions for taking them. Serious side-effects are rare. Read more
What else should I know about Bisphosphonates?
Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D may reduce the effectiveness of bisphosphonates. These drugs can generally be used alongside other medications but it's recommended that you drink alcohol only in moderation and have regular dental check-ups. Read more