Etidronate, calcium, or both did not reduce fracture rates in patients with asthma receiving glucocorticoid treatment

March 2005
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 142 Issue 2, p44
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The article cites a study which states that etidronate, calcium, or both did not reduce fracture rates in patients with asthma receiving glucocorticoid treatment. The study was published in the 2004 issue of the journal "Thorax." The study included 352 men and women 50 to 70 years of age who were outpatients. Patients had asthma and had been taking regular oral or inhaled glucocorticoids, or both, for a period of one year. The conclusion of the study was that in patients with asthma receiving long-term glucocorticoid treatment, etidronate and calcium used alone or combined did not reduce fracture rates.


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