Effetti dell'ipriflavone sulla perdita ossea indotta da un analogo del GnRH

Translated title of the contribution: Effects of ipriflavone on bone loss induced by GnRH analogue

M. Pellicano, R. Morgera, P. Affinito, C. Di Carlo, V. Napolitano, P. Merlino, F. Tremolaterra, S. Palomba, C. Nappi

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The aim of this study is to evaluate the association between GnRH analogues and ipriflavone, drug modulating the bone turnover Limiting the negative bone effects of analogue. Thirty patients (33 ± 5.4 years, mean ± SD) affected by benign gynecological conditions in which there was an indication to use GnRH analogs have been treated with leuprolide acetate at the monthly intramuscolar dose of 3.75 mg, for six months. Fifteen of these patients also received 600 mg/day per os of ipriflavone (group A), while the other 15 patients have been treated exclusively with leuprolide acetate (group B). Before and after treatment, radial bone mineral density (BMD) and main markers of bone turnover were measured in all patients. Before treatment no difference in the considered parameters could be detected between the two groups. In group A, after 6 months of treatment no significant decrease in BMD and no variations in the bone turnover parameters. On the contrary, in group B, after six months of treatment, a significant decrease (p <0.05) in BMD was observed in comparison to basal and group A values. In the same group alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin and urinary calcium/creatinine and hydroxyproline/creatinine ratios proved significantly increased in comparison to basal and group A values (both with p <0.05). Ipriflavone, therefore, seems to be effective in counteracting the negative effects of GnRH-a induced on bone.

Translated title of the contributionEffects of ipriflavone on bone loss induced by GnRH analogue
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)435-439
Number of pages5
JournalMinerva Ginecologica
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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