Dennis M. Black, Ph.D., and Clifford J. Rosen, M.D.
N Engl J Med 2016; 374:254-262January 21, 2016DOI: 10.1056/NEJMcp1513724
KEY CLINICAL POINTS
1) Fractures and osteoporosis are common, particularly among older women, and hip fractures can be devastating.
2) Treatment is generally recommended in postmenopausal women who have a bone mineral density T score of −2.5 or less, a history of spine or hip fracture, or a Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) score indicating increased fracture risk.
3) Bisphosphonates (generic) and denosumab reduce the risk of hip, nonvertebral, and vertebral fractures; bisphosphonates are commonly used as first-line treatment in women who do not have contraindications. Teriparatide reduces the risk of nonvertebral and vertebral fractures.
4) Osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical femur fractures have been reported with treatment but are rare. The benefit-to-risk ratio for osteoporosis treatment is strongly positive for most women with osteoporosis.
5) Because benefits are retained after discontinuation of alendronate or zoledronic acid, drug holidays after 5 years of alendronate therapy or 3 years of zoledronic acid therapy may be considered for patients at lower risk for fracture.
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