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Ask the doctor: Will bisphosphonate infusions help me avoid a bone break?

Q. I've had osteoporosis for several years, and I've been taking alendronate (Fosamax) once a week. I wasn't very good at remembering to take it regularly, so my doctor recently recommended that I start on once-a-year infusions of zoledronic acid (Reclast). Will it work as well to prevent me from breaking a bone?

A. Zoledronic acid is an intravenous bisphosphonate that is frequently used to treat osteoporosis. It is a very effective medication. Several studies have demonstrated that it increases bone density and, more importantly, reduces fracture risk.

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