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Type: Journal article
Title: The effects of low dose norethisterone on biochemical variables in postmenopausal women
Author: Scopacasa, F.
Horowitz, M.
Need, A.
Morris, H.
Nordin, B.
Citation: Osteoporosis International, 1999; 9(6):494-498
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0937-941X
1433-2965
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F. Scopacasa, M. Horowitz, A. G. Need, H. A. Morris, B. E. C. Nordin
Abstract: Norethisterone 2.5 mg/day was administered to 26 postmenopausal women (aged 54–79 years) with varying degrees of osteoporosis and with a forearm bone mineral density value more than 2 SD below the young normal mean. Fasting blood and urine samples were collected and radiocalcium absorption measured at baseline and after treatment for a median period of 4 months. There were significant falls in serum calcium and its fractions, phosphate, alkaline phosphatase and cholesterol (HDL and LDL), and significant rises in serum chloride and parathyroid hormone. In the urine, there were significant falls in calcium, sodium and hydroxyproline. These changes were in close agreement with our previously reported responses to norethisterone 5 mg/day. We conclude that norethisterone in a dose of 2.5 mg/day is probably as effective as 5 mg/day in reducing bone resorption in postmenopausal women with low bone density.
Keywords: Bone resorption; Norethisterone; Postmenopausal osteoporosis
Rights: ©1999 International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation
RMID: 0030004778
DOI: 10.1007/s001980050176
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