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.

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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...

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...
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. Read more...

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...

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...
Every day or 7days. Fosamax (alendronate) is indicated to be taken every day as a 10 mg dose or every 7 days as a 70 mg dose. Read more...

Can Fosamax (alendronate) (which is taken for osteoporosis) cause sensitivity to light and headaches?

Not usually. Fosamax (alendronate) usually works only in bone. It is not expected to cause these symptoms. See your primary provider to consider other causes (? Miigraine). Read more...

28 yr old diagnosed w severe pregnancy/lactating associated osteoporosis is there anyway to heal my bones without fosamax (alendronate)? Will my bones even return

Yes, a long time. Prior to Fosamax Rx. patients with severe osteoporosis consumed Vitamin D and calcium for long periods of time with very very slow resolution of the disease. Most notably, many patients had spontaneous fractures during the "slow" method of Rx. Thank goodness for Fosamax that can "speed up" the new bone deposition and avoid the consequences of fractures and immobility. 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...

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 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...