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Researchers claim that long term use of inhaled steroids (Advair, Aerobid, Azmacort, Flovent, Pulmicort) to treat asthma and emphysema may cause osteoporosis. Three years of inhaled steroid use by emphysema patients caused a noticeable bone loss. Women's bones were more affected by inhaled steroids than those of men. Researchers don't know if bone loss would continue after three years but advise the bone-building medication might be a good idea.
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About: Inhaled steroids may increase risk of osteoporosis
Date: 15 December 2004
Source: WebMD Medical News
Author: Kelli Miller Stacy
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