Many patients on chronic corticosteroids aren't getting the therapy they need to prevent osteoporosis and fractures

Many patients on chronic corticosteroids aren't getting the therapy they need to prevent osteoporosis and fractures.

Emphasize starting prevention early...bone density starts dropping within 3 months of starting oral or injectable steroids.

Recommend 1200 to 1500 mg/day of elemental calcium and at least 800 to 1000 IU/day of vitamin D from diet...and supplements if needed.

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