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Is fosamax (alendronate) safe my, bone scan showed osteopenia the nurse called saying my dr wants me to start this, i turned 40 in oct also can this cause bone pain?

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Dr. Joseph Mathews answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Fosamax (alendronate) is a bisphosphonate, which helps increase bone mass by inhibiting osteoclasts (which are the cells that break down bone), but not osteoblasts (the cells that make bone). They are typically very well tolerated, but side effects can be GI upset and musculoskeletal pain.

Answered Jun 10, 2016



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