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A 74-year-old member asked:

How long should i take fosamax (alendronate) ?

1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 25 years experience
2 years: Take it for 2 years until you have a follow up DEXA scan done to evaluate the improvement in your bone density. It is debatable on how long you can take biphosphonates (the class Fosamax (alendronate) belongs to). Some say you may take it indefinitely, while other recommend taking it for 4-5 years and then take a "holiday" for a year or two. As i mentioned, take it for 2 years and see what happens.
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Dr. Ario Kiarash
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Do not forget the rash of new fracture non-unions associated with bisphosphonates. Blocking the action of the osteoclasts will a sol block the first step in bone healing. I currently recommend rotating the drug regimen between, bisphosphonates, calcitonin and agonists, and HRT every 6 months to avoid large blocks of bone deposited that have calcium phosphate rich cortices.
Feb 6, 2012

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How to take Fosamax (alendronate) when on a course of ciproxin?

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Dr. Warren Everett
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With lots of water: you can continue the fosamax (alendronate) as you usually do. The medications should not disrupt each other. That said, if you stoped the fosamx for a few days it would not make much difference
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