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What are side effects of the drug alendronate/fosamax for osteoporosis..?

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Dr. David Greenfield
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Greenfield
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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Sore swalllowing

Fosamax (alendronate) is a powerful osteoporosis treatment, but can cause irritation of the swallowing tube rarely.
People with serious reflux esophagus problems should consider intravenous or injectibel medication.

In brief: Sore swalllowing

Fosamax (alendronate) is a powerful osteoporosis treatment, but can cause irritation of the swallowing tube rarely.
People with serious reflux esophagus problems should consider intravenous or injectibel medication.
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
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