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Alendronate Allergy In Children
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
See below: An allergy describes a systemic response of the body's immune system to an antigen. The response can cause hives, itching, swelling, elevation of blood pressure and bronchoconstriction. An allergy to fosamax would basically be any combination of the above reactions in response to the intake of fosamax into the body. Read more
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
Unlikely: Hi. Alendronate and other antiresorptive osteoporosis drugs have been associated with a very low but real risk of atypical femur fracture (subtrochanteric fracture in the shaft made of cortical bone). The risk is very low, and a cause and effect relationship is not absolutely established. But yes, the risk appears to be there. Remember all the fractures bisphosphonates PREVENT also, however! Read more
Doubtful: I know of fosamx causing other issues in the head and neck area but never heard it causing specific pathology's of the tmj. If there is TMJ discomfort and Fosamax (alendronate) is involved, it could be a domino effect and the drug didn't actually cause tmj, but TMJ symptoms came about from another pathology. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Risk of bone problem: There is an increased risk of ONJ (osteonecrosis of the jaw) especially the lower jaw. There is no perfect treatment of this condition. From a dental standpoint, it is preferable to have any extractions done before starting therapy with any medications for osteoporosis in order to reduce this risk, or to discontinue the medication prior to an extraction. The dentist and physician should confer. Read more
Yes: I have not personally, but this is a problem that has been written about extensively. There is a direct causal relationship between the two. Read more
Is it safe to take alendronate if I have a history of acid reflux? I know not to lay down for 1/2 hour.
Yes: Alendronate can cause irritation of the esophagus and stomach and cause erosions. You can take the medications but must monitor closely for symptoms such as burning of throat or stomach or dark stools. You may also consider being on antacid medication to protect your stomach. Speak with your PCP regarding other classes of medications. Make sure you have good calcium, vit d levels and exercise. Read more
Taking fosamax (alendronate). I came across strontium to take w/fosamax (alendronate) for 1 year then take this grow bone system (algaecal). Have you heard of these & ok to take?
Strontium: Strontium has been shown to help bones. Would not however take any of these unless under the supervision of a doctor. Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, but discuss with doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Fosamax (alendronate) side effects: Potential for esophageal erosion or ulceration - so should be taken with a full glass if water and no lying down for 30 minutes after taking the pill. Also potential for some atypical fracture in the femur with prolonged use. Most recommend a rest from the medication if on it more than 2 continuous years. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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