Steroid-induced osteoporosis is treatable with TeriparatideGlucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (OP) is now very much treatable with Teriparatide, a synthetic form of the human parathyroid hormone, as per a recent study.

The involved researchers found that patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and administered with teriparatide for a period of 36 months had a greater increase in bone mineral density apart from fewer new vertebral fractures than those treated with alendronate.

The study findings were published in the November issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). The 36-month randomized, double-blind, and controlled trial was conducted at 76 centers located in 13 countries and led by Kenneth Saag, M.D., from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Saag commented that there are a considerable number of individuals treated regularly with steroids for controlling inflammation that puts them at risk for developing osteoporosis and teriparatide is a safe and effective treatment for patients with steroid-induced osteoporosis.