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Dr. James Kayvanfar
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Fosamax (Overview)

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


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Besides calcium vit d and Fosamax (alendronate) what can be done for my osteoporosis? Im only 28 and my doc said its advanced i have spinal fractures! Im scared

Besides calcium vit d and Fosamax (alendronate) what can be done for my osteoporosis? Im only 28 and my doc said its advanced i have spinal fractures! Im scared

Osteoporosis: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. You're young to have this. Why? Investigated? ...Read more

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Dr. James Kayvanfar
101 doctors shared insights

Fosamax (Overview)

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


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How long should I take Fosamax (alendronate) ?

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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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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My doctor prescribed me Fosamax (alendronate) for osteopenia is it really necessary to take this medication and what other treatment can I do instead?

Not necessary: Medications are never necessary. We only make recommendations. Your doc is trying to reduce your risk of future bone fracture. Risk should be calculated using the frax tool at http://www.Shef.Ac.Uk/frax/ best treatment for declining bone density is good diet ( vit d about 1000 iu.Day and ca about 600 mg twice a day) and regular weight bearing exercise. ...Read more

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Can I use Fosamax (alendronate) for jawbone necrobiosis?

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

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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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Dr. James Kayvanfar
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Alendronate (Definition)

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