Denosumab Denosumab is used to increase bone mass and strength. It limits activity of cells that break down old bone. Learn how long it takes, risks and side-effects. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) alter the underlying disease rather than treating symptoms. Learn how long they take, uses and side-effects. Drugs for osteoporosis There are many drugs for osteoporosis – used to treat and prevent fractures. Learn different types e.g painkillers, NSAIDs, supplements and Strontium ranelate.