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Calcium, steroids and osteoporosis

Abstract

A variety of steroid drugs, including oestrogens, androgens, combinations of the two, other anabolic agents related to testosterone, and various calcium preparations are used for the treatment of postmenopausal and senile osteoporosis. Although the fundamental causes of the disease are not known, and investigators disagree on the effectiveness of treatment, there is sufficient evidence to justify palliative therapy.

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  • * Based on material published on September 13, 1963 in The Medical Letter, New York.

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