Medicines, Osteoporosis, and Fractures
Many medicines seem to be related to bone fractures or to bone thinning (osteoporosis) that can lead to fractures. These medicines include:
- Corticosteroid medicines. These are used to treat conditions such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you use them for 6 months or longer, they can lead to
- Thyroid replacement medicine, if
the dose is more than the body needs. This should be monitored by checking the
level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) at least every year.
- Antiseizure medicines. Examples are carbamazepine and phenytoin.
- Medicines used to treat
endometriosis. They include leuprolide (Lupron) and
- Aromatase inhibitors. These are used
- Hormone therapy to treat prostate cancer.
antidepressant medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs). SSRIs are used to treat many
- Heparin, if used for a long
time. Heparin is a blood thinner.
- Depo-Provera, if
used for a long time. It's a birth control medicine given in a shot.
- Antacids that contain aluminum, if they are overused.
These kinds of antacids remove calcium from your
- Some diabetes medicines. Examples are pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia).
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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