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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

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Alendronate allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Alendronate allergy?

Alendronate: Is usually used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Allergy is the immune system's over-reaction to various stimuli (antigens), and can occur with any drug. Allergic reaction can range in severity from mild (hives) to life-threatening (anaphylaxis). ...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)?

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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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 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)?

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 side effects can you experience from Fosamax or boniva (ibandronate)?

What side effects can you experience from Fosamax or boniva (ibandronate)?

Fosamax/Boniva: Before taking either of those meds you should go online and learn about those two drugs. Yes, some wording will be hard to understand but there is always material designed for patients.
Basically each of the above drugs are OK for almost all patients needing treatment for the bones. ...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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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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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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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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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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Alendronate (Definition)

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


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Fosamax (Definition)

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