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What are the risks of long-term steroid treatment and how are they prevented?

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Long-term steroid treatment (lasting anywhere between a few months to several years) requires additional testing and monitoring. The long-term use of steroids can cause osteoporosis, which can be detected with scans similar to X-rays. Try taking supplements of calcium and vitamin D, perhaps with a prescription medication, to prevent osteoporosis. Discuss any potential side effects caused by long-term steroid therapy with your doctor.

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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