If you are taking oral corticosteroids on a long term basis for the treatment of a chronic skin disease you should be especially careful to make sure you don’t develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis caused by this is called glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP).
The use of bisphosphonates to treat or prevent osteoporosis should be considered if you are taking corticosteroids.
The January issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology has more information on this subject.
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