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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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Dr. James Kayvanfar
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Alendronate (Definition)

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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?

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.

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?

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)?

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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Fosamax (Definition)

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