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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

Dr. James Kayvanfar
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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?

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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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.?

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 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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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/ ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...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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Rosey particularly the cited side effects. Have you tried taking Fosamax (alendronate) yourself?

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

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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

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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?

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 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. James Kayvanfar
104 Doctors shared insights

Fosamax (Definition)

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