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What medications can cause secondary osteoporosis?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
The term secondary osteoporosis is used to describe osteoporosis resulting from a medical condition or the use of certain medications. If you're taking any of these medications, talk to your doctor about what you can do to keep your bones healthy.
  • Androgen deprivation therapy (hormone therapy for prostate cancer)
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Aromatase inhibitors
  • Barbiturates 
  • Cyclosporine and tacrolimus
  • Depo-medroxyprogesterone
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists
  • Heparin therapy (long-term)
  • Lithium
  • Methotrexate
  • Thyroid hormone (in excessive doses)

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