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Bisphosphonates 

Bisphosphonates
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Bisphosphonates
Author(s):

Richard W. Keen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198713340.003.0007
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date: 23 September 2020

Bisphosphonates are potent inhibitors of bone resorption.

Bisphosphonates are the first-line treatment for the majority of patients with osteoporosis.

Oral bisphosphonates have a complex dosing schedule, and this has led to the development of intermittent dosing (weekly and monthly) in an attempt to improve compliance.

Intravenous administration of bisphosphonates offers an alternative to patients with a history of upper gastrointestinal disease, malabsorption, or where compliance with oral therapy is poor.

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