The findings of Israel et al. 2 suggest that bone density should be monitored in young women who are taking inhaled glucocorticoids. The best-established measures for minimizing bone loss in this population are weight-bearing exercise and adequate calcium and vitamin D intake. Oral contraceptives might also be considered for young women who are losing bone while taking glucocorticoids. For young women who require inhaled glucocorticoids, the lowest dose that controls symptoms should be prescribed, because of …
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