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Medicines which may lead to bone loss

Long-term use of corticosteroid drugs (e.g. prednisone) has been associated with loss of bone density. Accordingly, if you are taking these medicines your doctor is likely to discuss bone health with you and may offer treatments to prevent bone loss.

The following classes of medicines may also lead to bone loss. If you are taking one of these medicines ask your doctor whether you need an osteoporosis assessment.

  • Androgen Deprivation Therapy (for treatment of prostate cancer in men)
  • Aromatase inhibitors (for breast cancer and ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women)