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Doctor insights on: Alendronate Sodium Vs Actonel

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Is actenol or Fosamax (alendronate) only for women?

Is actenol or Fosamax (alendronate) only for women?

No.: Both can be used by men to treat or prevent bone loss, not only for female osteoporosis. Men with low tesosterone deveop osteoporosis. Both sexes treated with many drugs, including steroids, will lose bone. The bisphosphonates work for both sexes! ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Risedronate (Definition)

Risedronic acid (inn) or Risedronate Sodium (usan) is a bisphosphonate used to strengthen bone, treat or prevent osteoporosis, and treat ...Read more


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Which is better: actonel (risedronate) vs fosamax?

Which is better: actonel (risedronate) vs fosamax?

No difference: There is no such thing as "best" or "worst" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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Which is stronger: actonel (risedronate) or fosamax?

Which is stronger: actonel (risedronate) or fosamax?

Neither is: Really "stronger". There are slight differences depending upon what criteria you use, but both are very potent and very effective inhibitors of bone resorption. Both need to be taken as directed, and combined with adequate calcium and vitamin D3. ...Read more

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What is the difference between actonel, (risedronate) fosamax?

What is the difference between actonel, (risedronate) fosamax?

Similar, but differ: Both are bisphosphonate drugs, taken orally, which decrease bone breakdown by osteoclast cells, and therefore increase bone density (a marker of bone strength). Different dosing, but can be weekly or monthly for either in osteoporosis. Were used in tumors to or to bone-now drugs mostly given IV for that. Fosamax (alendronate) stays in the system and bone longer; was thought to be more GI irritating (maybe not). ...Read more

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Is there any difference between actonel (risedronate) vs fosamax?

Is there any difference between actonel (risedronate) vs fosamax?

Similar, but differ: Both are bisphosphonate drugs, taken orally, which decrease bone breakdown by osteoclast cells, and therefore increase bone density (a marker of bone strength). Different dosing, but can be weekly or monthly for either in osteoporosis. Were used in tumors to or to bone-now drugs mostly given IV for that. Fosamax (alendronate) stays in the system and bone longer; was thought to be more GI irritating (maybe not). ...Read more

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What is the difference between actonel (risedronate) and fosamax?

What is the difference between actonel (risedronate) and fosamax?

Chemical structure: Actonel (risedronate) and Fosamax are drugs in the bisphosphonate family. They have similar but not identical structures. They produce similar benefits for osteoporosis patients. ...Read more

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Is there a generic drug equivalent for Fosamax or actonel (risedronate)?

Is there a generic drug equivalent for Fosamax or actonel (risedronate)?

Yes & no: Fosamax is off patent - the generic is alendronate. Generics are absolutely as effective as the brand name. Actonel (risedronate) is still on patent. No generic form exists yet. ...Read more

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Where can I buy alendronate sodium (fosamax) online?

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

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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?

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

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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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Is there an alternative for fosamax (alendronate)?

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

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Please describe the medication: fosamax (alendronate)?

Please describe the medication: fosamax (alendronate)?

Fosamax (alendronate): A medication used to treat osteoporosis, given in either daily or weekly doses. ...Read more

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Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause a TMJ bone disorder?

Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause a TMJ bone disorder?

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 more

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What happens if you need a tooth removed on fosamax (alendronate)?

What happens if you need a tooth removed on fosamax (alendronate)?

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

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What happens if you need a tooth removed on fosamax (alendronate)?

What happens if you need a tooth removed on fosamax (alendronate)?

See an oral surgeon: If you are taking fosamax (alendronate) and need to have a dental procedure, such as an extraction, talk to your doctor about reducing the dose or stopping the medication at least for a while. See an oral surgeon even for a simple extraction. ...Read more

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Anyone have a problem with Fosamax (alendronate) and osteonecrosis?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Fosamax (alendronate) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Fosamax (alendronate) allergy?

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

Dr. James Kayvanfar
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Alendronate (Definition)

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


Dr. James Kayvanfar
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Fosamax (Definition)

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