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Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis

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Many people take oral or inhaled steroid medicines, which include beclomethasone, flunisolide, and prednisone, for conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The oral kind and the high-dose inhaled kind can cause bone loss over time. If you are on these types of medicines for 6 months or longer, you are at increased risk for osteoporosis, which puts you at high risk for broken bones. After broken bones occur, healing can take a long time because of the decreased ability of your bones to rebuild due to osteoporosis.

If you use steroid medicines long-term, you should be monitored for bone loss.

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Last Updated: January 24, 2014
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