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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2005 Mar;14(2):180-92.

The role of calcium in osteoporosis drug therapy.

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  • 1Laurel Highlands OB, GYN, Hopwood, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

Great advances have been made in the field of osteoporosis treatment and prevention in recent years that have led to the availability of powerful new drugs. These drugs are viewed by patients and physicians as a major breakthrough in the management of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, this view has led many to ignore the importance of concurrent calcium supplementation to ensure the maximum benefit from these drugs, as evidenced by the recent decline in use of calcium supplements. As the majority of patients fail to consume the minimum recommended dietary intake of calcium, it is critical to recommend calcium supplements to raise total daily calcium intake to the levels needed to ensure maximum efficacy of osteoporosis treatments. Furthermore, osteoporosis drug labeling should be strengthened to encourage proper use of these drugs in combination with calcium supplements.

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