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Could Fosamax (alendronate) break your femur?

Could Fosamax (alendronate) break your femur?

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

Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...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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Can chest pain be produced by fosamax (alendronate)?

Can chest pain be produced by fosamax (alendronate)?

A lot of side effect: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue); black, tarry, or bloody stools; chest pain; coughing or vomiting blood; difficult or painful swallowing; mouth sores; new, worsening, or persistent heartburn; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe bone, muscle, or joint pain and others. ...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 is true that Fosamax (alendronate) can brake your femur?

Is is true that Fosamax (alendronate) can brake your femur?

Not exactly: With long term use there may be an increased risk of subcapital hip fracture. The incidence is estimated at 3 per 10, 000 users. ...Read more

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Is it true that Fosamax (alendronate) can break your femur?

Is it true that Fosamax (alendronate) can break your femur?

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

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Cause of exostosis on tmj...10 year on fosamax (alendronate)?

Cause of exostosis on tmj...10 year on fosamax (alendronate)?

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

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Anyone had dental problems after taking fosamax (alendronate)?

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

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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?

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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What to do if I have dental problems after taking fosamax (alendronate)?

Bisphosphonates: 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. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What are side effects from taking alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis?

What are  side effects from taking alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis?

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

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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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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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take sanctura 6 days/week and then Fosamax (alendronate) on one day?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Alendronate (Definition)

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