Oral Steroids Quickly Increase Your Risk of Fracture
Just three month's
worth of oral steroids, which are commonly prescribed to patients with asthma
and disorders of the joints and bowels, increased chances of sustaining
fractures by 70%. The large European study shows these fractures can happen
much faster than experts have expected.
When the oral steroids
are stopped, the risk decreases at a similarly rapid rate.
treatment for osteoporosis should be included with oral steroid therapy, but
they don't agree when bone protection should begin, since not everyone gets
fractures. Doctors also are unsure of why the risk of fracture increases so