An increasing number of medications are being linked to bone loss and fractures. Talk to your doctor if you take a thiazolidione (TZD), such as piaglitazone, for type 2 diabetes, a proton pump inhibitor for severe acid reflux or an SSRI for depression.

Also linked to bone loss are corticosteroids for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, aromatase inhibitors for estrogen-positive breast cancer, GnRH agonists for prostate cancer, and excessive thyroid hormone drugs, most often used to treat an underactive thyroid.

Ask your doctor whether you should continue with your medication or switch to another.

Source: Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 07 Jul 2013

Last Modified: 07 Jul 2013