Can Arthritis Drugs Cause Bone Loss?

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Can Arthritis Drugs Cause Bone Loss?

If you are being treated using conventional therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis, maybe you should consider discussing alternatives with your doctor!

According to some studies conducted to assess the effect of DMARDs (Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic drugs) on individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis, conventional therapy for Rheumatoid arthritis involving DMARDs and corticosteroids may increase bone loss, thereby raising the risk of osteoporosis. Specifically, a study conducted on 366 patients showed that use of antiresorptive drugs that prevent bone resorption  (shedding of bone tissue) along with DMARDs and corticosteroids caused lesser bone loss compared to drugs that were used alone. It was further observed that calcium and vitamin D alone could not prevent bone loss in patients on DMARDs and corticosteroids.

Anti-resorptive drugs include hormone replacement drugs, and others like biphosphonates and calcitonin.

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