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Doctor insights on: Drug Alternatives To Fosamax

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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.

Dr. James Kayvanfar
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is Fosamax (alendronate) recommended for long-time use? Any answer appreciated.

Is Fosamax (alendronate) recommended for long-time use? Any answer appreciated.

Fosamax (alendronate): There are potential for side effects with long term use. See: http://www. Drugwatch. Com/fosamax/

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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!

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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.

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Are there any bad side effects of fosamax (alendronate)?

Are there any bad side effects of fosamax (alendronate)?

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.

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Please tell me can Fosamax (alendronate) cause TMJ disorder?

No connection: There is no TMJ reported by people who take Fosamax (alendronate) yet. For TMJ diagnosis and treatment see your dentist for consultation.

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

Take as usual: These medications do not have an interaction. fosamax (alendronate) is typically advised to take in the morning on an empty stomach. You can take your other pills a couple hours after taking your fosamax (alendronate).

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What are the serious side effects when taking fosamax (alendronate)?

What are the serious side effects when taking fosamax (alendronate)?

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!

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Can you tell me how Fosamax (alendronate) cause serious side effects?

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!

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What other serious side effects when taking Fosamax (alendronate) are there?

What other serious side effects when taking Fosamax (alendronate) are there?

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.

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Is Fosamax (alendronate) dangerous? How to know when the side effects occur?

Is Fosamax (alendronate) dangerous? How to know when the side effects occur?

See details: Fosamax (alendronate) is not dangerous but it does have risks just like any medication. For people with osteoporosis, the benefits far outweigh the risks, imo.

Dr. James Kayvanfar
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