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

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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Anyone had dental problems after taking fosamax (alendronate)?

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

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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I am taking Fosamax (alendronate) for osteoporosis. Do I need to continue to take calicum supplements?

Yes, good idea: I like to think of alendronate and calcium/vitamin d as the "bricks" and "mortar", respectively. They work better together to build strong bone. Try 120-1500 mg calcium and 800-1000 i.U. Vitamin d daily. ...Read more

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My mother is 73 and she has osteoporosis. Should she be taking Fosamax (alendronate) every 10 days?

My mother is 73 and she has osteoporosis. Should she be taking Fosamax (alendronate) every 10 days?

Every 7 days: And it's important to follow the directions for taking it carefully to ensure absorption. Other measures are adequate intake of calcium and vitamin d and regular weight bearing exercise. ...Read more

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How does taking Fosamax (alendronate) affect the jaw bone?

Rarely does.: If Fosamax (alendronate) is taken for more than 5 years a very small percentage of patients may develop necrosis of a portion of the jaw. Good dental hygiene may reduce the chance of developing this problem. ...Read more

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Can taking Fosamax (alendronate) make you more at risk for a fracture?

Fosamax (alendronate) Fractures: Long term use of drugs like Fosamax (alendronate) have been associated with rare stress fracture in the proximal femur. Most sources seem to say that the use of Fosamax (alendronate) for some time is helpful to prevent the fractures of osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Moderate upper abdominal pain today after taking weekly Fosamax (alendronate) med?

Moderate upper abdominal pain today after taking weekly Fosamax (alendronate) med?

Call ur doctor: Alendronate can be irritative to the gastrointestinal tract and should call your doctor regarding continuing, or addition of stomach medications empirically. Red flags requiring urgent medical attention would include seeing any blood or change in stool color (esp blood or black tarry stool0, fever, weight loss, weakness/dizziness. Happy to consult if further questions ...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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Has anyone else had nasty side effects from taking alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis?

Has anyone else had nasty side effects from taking alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis?

Yes: Side effects from alendronate and/or fosomax are very common. The most common side effect is gastrointestinal upset. There are other treatments for osteoporosis available if you don't tolerate alendronate and fosomax. Prolia is an injectable medicine that is typically much better tolerated. Discuss it with your doctor. ...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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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 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?

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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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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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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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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