Many people take oral or inhaled steroids, which include prednisone, betamethasone, and fluocinolide, for conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Oral steroids and high-dose inhaled steroids can cause bone loss over time. If you are on these types of medicines for 6 months or longer, you are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis, which puts you at high risk for broken bones. Once broken bones occur, healing can take a long time because of the decreased ability of your bones to rebuild due to osteoporosis.
If you are on long-term use of steroids, you should be monitored for bone loss.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carla J. Herman, MD, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine|
|Last Revised||November 10, 2010|
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