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How can I decrease my risk of osteporosis when taking certain medications?

Some medications -- such as the cortisone-type drugs that make breathing easier for people with respiratory problems such as emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis -- can greatly increase the risk of osteoporosis. Most doctors try to use the lowest possible doses of these drugs for the shortest amount of time to keep this side effect to a minimum. If you must take drugs like prednisone over a long period of time, take 1,500 mg of calcium daily through your diet and supplements, along with 800 IU of vitamin D. Also minimize your risk factors by entering a regular exercise program, avoiding cigarettes, and avoiding excess consumption of alcohol. For women, oral contraceptives and estrogen-replacement therapy for those past menopause are also preventive measures. Be sure to undergo a bone-density test after six to 12 months of treatment with prednisone and similar drugs.
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