Many people take oral or inhaled steroid medicines for conditions such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These medicines include beclomethasone, flunisolide, and prednisone. 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. This puts you at high risk for broken
bones. If you do break a bone, healing can take a long time because osteoporosis reduces your bones' ability to rebuild.
If you use steroid medicines long-term, you should be watched for
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerCarla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of:
May 4, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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