Will Asthma Medications Increase The Risk Of Osteoporosis?

I have had asthma for more than 25 years. I have been on Serevent and Flovent for the past two weeks; my asthma is better, but I am worried about my bad osteoporosis. I hear Flovent may not be good for me.

The use of inhaled corticosteroids, such as Flovent, is acceptable for the treatment of asthma, and the combination of Flovent with the long-acting beta-agonist Serevent is a good one. Over an extended period of time, Flovent may have side effects, and osteoporosis is a concern.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute guidelines suggest getting asthma under control and then reducing the spray to the minimal amount necessary to maintain normal lung function. This must be done in concert with an asthma expert (allergist or pulmonologist).

A consultation with a rheumatologist is also appropriate.

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