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Alendronate Sodium 70 Mg Side Effects
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 more
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
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
Yes: Side effects from alendronate and/or fosomax are very common. The most common side effect is gastrointestinal upset. There are other treatments for osteoporosis available if you don't tolerate alendronate and fosomax. Prolia is an injectable medicine that is typically much better tolerated. Discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
Very rare: Hi. Alendronate (Fosamax) is a very safe drug, but like almost anything, there are rare serious side effects. For alendronate, these would be esophageal irritation, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and atypical femur fractures. Good luck! ...Read more
Most likely: Hi. Alendronate can cause a serious side effect most likely by getting stuck in the esophagus (e.g., stricture or achalasia). Other very rare serious (& fortunately very rare) side effects are things like osteonecrosis of the jaw in people who've had radiation to the jaw, usually for cancer. Alendronate's a very good osteoporosis or Paget's drug, but it's not for everyone. Good luck! ...Read more
See details: Gi issues are most common. Other issues include muscle aching, osteonecrosis of the jaw and a possible increased risk of subcapital hip fractures. ...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. ...Read more
I had dexascan shows osteopenia and is bad. Dr wants me to take fosamax (alendronate). Im afraid of side effects. I have gerd and history of ulcers.?
Osteoporosis: There are multiple medications available for osteoporosis.we have prolia which is an intra muscular injection and reclast (zoledronic acid) which is an IV infusion, both are very effective for odteoporosis. When pts have GI issues, i donot recommend oral bisphosphanates like fosamax. ...Read more
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You can't: Alendronate is a prescription medication. Any online site that sells it to you without being evaluated by a doctor is breaking federal law. If you buy it, you are also potentially breaking the law and may be visited by state police or dea. ...Read more
Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?
Osteopenia: Calcium is commonly not an issue as dietary calcium is often sufficient with most people's daily dietary intake. More commonly, osteopenia/osteoporosis is correlated with vitamin d deficiency. I'd have your calcium and vitamin d levels checked. Resistance exercises also help build stronger bones. There are side-effects to bisphosphonate therapy, but believed that their benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more
Before taking either of those meds you should go online and learn about those two drugs. Yes, some wording will be hard to understand but there is always material designed for patients.
Basically each of the above drugs are OK for almost all patients needing treatment for the bones. ...Read more
Now that Fosamax and boniva (ibandronate) are suspected of bad side effects on the person's jaw what is being prescribed?
Risk/Benefits: The incidence of the jaw problem or avascular necrosis is still a rare but I agree a know side effect. The studies do show the fracture reduction by the drugs you mentioned still appear to outweigh the risk to the jaw. If you know you may need major dental work it would be helpful to get that done before starting certain medications. ...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 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
Fosamax (alendronate): It is possible. Notify your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Iv meds in the Fosamax (alendronate) category (bisphosphonates) have been implicated in causing osteonecrosis of the jaw. If you have this condition, I'd consult with your physician about the advisability of continuing on these meds if you are already taking them. If you live anywhere near a dental school or oral surgery residency program, I'd suggest being evaluated there as a first step. ...Read more
Yes: Some cases of fracture femurs have being reported on patients taken bisphosphonates(fosamax (alendronate) is one of them)however other conditions such as osteoporosis and taken glucocorticoids are contributory factors. Ethiology of this fractures is unknown. You could have prodomal symptoms such as bone pain before the bone breaks. ...Read more
TMJ Exostosis: I'm not aware of any literature that suggests that bisphosphonates such as Fosamax (alendronate) can lead to exostoses of the tmj. Usually we see TMJ exostoses as a result of trauma or arthritis. You don't describe any symptoms. Have you had an MRI or a ct? Usually these are diagnostic. An exostosis that is asymptomatic requires no treatment. You should see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in consultation. ...Read more
A qualified Yes: Patients taking Fosamax (alendronate) should continue good oral hygiene practices at home. Nearly all dental treatment can be completed without complication with patients taking fosamax (alendronate). Complications have presented when patients have oral surgery. The complications include extremely poor bone healing; even necrosis. Speak with a surgeon about all risk factors before any invasive treatment. ...Read more
Fosamax (alendronate) and other bisphosphonates may increase risks of unusual condition, osteonecrosis of the jaw. This complication develops when the jaw bone fails to heal after a tooth extraction or other bone intervention (e.g. implant placement). Any routine dental procedures like cleaning, filings are safe.
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Yes: It is somewhat unusual but possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, OK: You can take the sanctura 7 days/wk and still use Fosamax (alendronate) in the morning on an empty stomach with a full glass of water, and stay upright for about an hour, on any chosen day of the week. These two meds do not have cross-interaction and so you should be fine. If you have other concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
No: They have no interaction.Get a more detailed answer ›