Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause stress fractures?

Yes. Low-energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures have been reported in postmarketing experience.

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How are Fosamax (alendronate) and femur fractures related?

2 answers. In patients who are truly at high risk for a hip fracture, Fosamax (alendronate) will decrease the risk of a fracture by 50%. However, in about 1 person in 1000-5000 there will be an increased risk because the medication is too strong. The current recommendation by many experts is to not use this type of medication for prevention unless you are high risk for a fracture. Read more...

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...

Besides calcium vit d and Fosamax (alendronate) what can be done for my osteoporosis? I'm only 28 and my doc said its advanced I have spinal fractures! I'm scared

Use vitamin D3. Of the two, Vitamin D3 2000 IU twice a day for 3 months, followed by 2000 IU per day forever is safe and cheap. Fosomax has been associated with femur fractures after long term use. Read more...
Exercise too. One of the biggest determinants of bone mineral density is lean body mass. Exercise is important for building lean body mass. Exercise is also important for putting load on your bones. This load is important for bone mass as bone strengthens as stresses are put upon it. Weight-bearing physical activity such as walking is a good idea, although make sure your doctor approves. Read more...
Osteoporosis. For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. You're young to have this. Why? Investigated? Read more...

Is it possible to gain bone mass and strength without using Fosamax (alendronate) when your only 28 & how?! T score of -6 and have 5 spinal compression fractures

Osteoporosis. You are very young to be having such advanced osteoporosis. There must be an underlying reason for this. I would recommend that you see an endocrinologist to help with your diagnosis and treatment. Read more...

Diagnosed w/osteoporosis and spinal fractures high risk for more fractures is there anything I can do to gain bone mass w/out scary meds like fosamax (alendronate)?

If you have. already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, and already had fractures, medications may be the only way to make a significant improvement in your bone density. Lifestyle changes at this point will likely not make a big enough difference. Are you 28 years old? It is unusual to have osteoporosis as a young adult without an underlying medical condition. Read more...
Yes. First of all you need a medical evaluation including blood tests to find out why you have osteoporosis. You may have abnormal hormone levels, severely lacking vitamin D, or other problem which can be corrected. Medication named Forteo is the only medication currently available which builds new bone, improves bone quality, and helps with bone healing after a fracture. Fosamax does not. Read more...

What type of doctor should I go to? I'm on alendronate and have a few fractures in spine. How long does it take for this prescription to work?

Internist/Rheumatolo. An internist or rheumatologist can answer your questions and review other options with you. There are alternate medications you can take less often and you need supplements, like calcium and vitamin d. The rx you're on begins working, to some extent, immediately, but you need a full court press on your osteoporosis because of your history of fractures. Read more...

Since alendronate is to build bones, why does it put me at risk for femur fracture?

Quality of bone. The bone quality on alendronate is different than "normal" bone. There are certain types of femur fractures that are more commonly seen in individuals taking alendronate. Read more...