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Susan from BC asks: What is the best natural supplement to take for bone protection while on prednisone?
Among the many potential complications of prednisone use, osteoporosis is one of them. The risk particularly increases if you require more than 3 months of prednisone. In this case, calcium and Vitamin D intake are very important. Recommendations from Calcium intake range from 1000 – 1500 mg per day, and includes calcium from both diet and supplement. Dietary calcium is likely more ideal. Current Vitamin D guidelines suggest intake of 800 – 2000 units daily. Dietary Vitamin D is usually not sufficient and should be supplemented. For individuals on prednisone, often your physician may speak to you about the addition of a medication in a class called bisphosphonates, which also will help protect the bone.