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Dr. James Kayvanfar
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Alendronate (Overview)

Alendronate is a phosphate containing agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


Dr. James Kayvanfar
211 doctors shared insights

Alendronate (Overview)

Alendronate is a phosphate containing agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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Why would a rheumatologist prescribe Fosamax , plaquenil , calcium with vitamin d for systemic lupus ? Is this the right treatment for moderate lupus

Why would a rheumatologist prescribe Fosamax , plaquenil , calcium with vitamin d for systemic lupus ? Is this the right treatment for moderate lupus

Not unusual but...: Placquenil is a standard treatment ; vit d is helpful in autoimmune disease ; can prevent osteoporosis (as can calcium). Those with lupus are at increased risk of osteoporosis (esp. If put on steroids) but it is questionable if Fosamax (alendronate) is helpful for preventing rather than treating it. I personally question Fosamax (alendronate) but would add vit. K- see http://bit.Ly/1a48ofs see my comments for other ideas:. ...Read more

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What type of doctor should I go to? I'm on alendronate and have a few fractures in spine. How long does it take for this prescription to work?

What type of doctor should I go to? I'm on alendronate and have a few fractures in spine. How long does it take for this prescription to work?

Internist/Rheumatolo: An internist or rheumatologist can answer your questions and review other options with you. There are alternate medications you can take less often and you need supplements, like calcium and vitamin d. The rx you're on begins working, to some extent, immediately, but you need a full court press on your osteoporosis because of your history of fractures. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take verapamil, lisinopril, alendronate sodium and atorvastatin together?

Is it safe to take verapamil, lisinopril, alendronate sodium and atorvastatin together?

Lipitorverapamil can: Lipitor (atorvastatin) and verapamil: combo may incr. Lipitor (atorvastatin) levels, risk of myopathy, rhabdomyolysis (hepatic metab. Inhibited). Lipitor (atorvastatin) dose should be low( 10 mg). ...Read more

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What are side effects of the drug alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis..?

What are side effects of the drug alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis..?

Mostly heartburn: Alendronate is generally well tolerated. Reflux is the most common side effect. It can also cause bone pain, esophageal ulcers or narrowing. The generic alendronate may have more GI side effects because it is not coated. This concern has not been answered adequately enough in large studies. It is very important to discuss these issues with your physician. ...Read more

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What are side effects from taking alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis?

What are  side effects from taking alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis?

See below: All meds may have potential side effects. Fosamax (alendronate) most common side effects such are abdominal pain, muscle or joint pain, fli-like illness, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting. Very rare of all similar type drugs are fractures of the femur and a rare condition called avascular necrosis of the jaw, which is dead bone in the jaw after significant jaw/dental surgery. ...Read more

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Problems with fosamax (alendronate)?

Problems with fosamax (alendronate)?

Fosamax (alendronate) is for osteo: Most physicians rely on published studies with thousands of patients taking a drug that prove it works. Trying out a pill onesself is a trip back to the stone age. We require that a proven disease has a treatment proven to work before using it. The fda requires two studies done separately with thousands of patients to allow an approval of a drug. ...Read more

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How long should I take Fosamax (alendronate) ?

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. ...Read more

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Is Fosamax (alendronate) safe to use for people?

Yes for most people: Fosamax (alendronate) is generally well tolerated and a proven treatment for reducing the risk for hip and spine fractures due to osteoporosis. But for some people with conditions affecting the esophagus or stomach, or with chronic kidney disease, or who need extensive dental work, there can be serious side effects. Ask your doctor if any of these situations apply to you. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative for fosamax (alendronate)?

Yes: There are a number of treatments for osteoporosis other than fosamax (alendronate). Some are similiar to it in how they work and some work through a differnent pathway. See your prescribing doctor for details. ...Read more

Dr. James Kayvanfar
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Fosamax (Definition)

Fosamax is a phosphate containing agent which is a kind of ...Read more