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Many people take oral or inhaled steroid medicines, which include beclomethasone, flunisolide, and prednisone, for conditions such as
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
Current as of:
January 24, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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