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How long should fosomax be taken? When should a bone scan be done after starting fosomax?

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Dr. Jennie Law
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
5 doctors agree

In brief: <10 yrs and 1-2 yrs

Generally, you should have a discussion with your endocrinologist after being on fosamaz for >6-7 years- they can review your progress and assess your risk to discuss whether continuing further will bring anymore benefit.
Generally, many dr's consider ~ 10 yrs sufficient duration. No consensus on frequency of dexa scans to check progress, but bone changes slowly...If high copayment, 2 years.

In brief: <10 yrs and 1-2 yrs

Generally, you should have a discussion with your endocrinologist after being on fosamaz for >6-7 years- they can review your progress and assess your risk to discuss whether continuing further will bring anymore benefit.
Generally, many dr's consider ~ 10 yrs sufficient duration. No consensus on frequency of dexa scans to check progress, but bone changes slowly...If high copayment, 2 years.
Dr. Jennie Law
Dr. Jennie Law
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Dr. Frederick Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fosamax (alendronate) use

Fosamax (alendronate) is generally recommended to be taken for 5 years in patients with osteoporosis.
A bone scan can be done 1-2 years after starting treatment, 1 year if osteoporosis is moderate to severe.

In brief: Fosamax (alendronate) use

Fosamax (alendronate) is generally recommended to be taken for 5 years in patients with osteoporosis.
A bone scan can be done 1-2 years after starting treatment, 1 year if osteoporosis is moderate to severe.
Dr. Frederick Singer
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Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

There is a lot of discussion on how long we should use the bisphosphonate class (fosamax, actonel, (risedronate) etc).
More information should come out this year regarding recommendations. Regarding testing, 12-24 months after initiation of therapy is the usual interval to repeat bone density testing.

In brief: Depends

There is a lot of discussion on how long we should use the bisphosphonate class (fosamax, actonel, (risedronate) etc).
More information should come out this year regarding recommendations. Regarding testing, 12-24 months after initiation of therapy is the usual interval to repeat bone density testing.
Dr. James Cunnar
Dr. James Cunnar
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