What is the role of dietary supplements in the treatment of bullous pemphigoid (BP)?

Updated: Oct 14, 2020
  • Author: Lawrence S Chan, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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For patients treated with systemic corticosteroid for longer than 1 month, a combined supplement of calcium and vitamin D should be instituted to prevent osteoporosis. The dosage and the frequency are stated in the recommendations established by the American College of Rheumatology Task Force in 1996. [64]

In addition to calcium and vitamin D supplementation, patients on long-term treatment with systemic corticosteroids should be taking bisphosphonate, a specific inhibitor for osteoclast-mediated bone resorption (eg, alendronate).


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