Question: How Many Years Should I Take Fosamax?

Do you gain weight with Fosamax?

Weight gain isn’t a side effect that you should have while taking Fosamax.

In clinical trials, weight gain didn’t occur in people taking Fosamax..

Which is better Fosamax or Prolia?

Fosamax (alendronate) is a first-choice treatment for osteoporosis, but taking it can be a hassle. Prevents bone loss. Prolia (Denosumab) is an effective and convenient treatment for osteoporosis if other options haven’t worked or aren’t appropriate for you.

Will Fosamax cause hair loss?

Roach: I found many case reports of hair loss after the use of alendronate (Fosamax) and similar drugs (a class called bisphosphonates). Why it happens isn’t clear. Your questions aren’t easy to answer. Alendronate binds to bone and is released slowly as the bone is remodeled and rebuilt through natural processes.

What happens if I stop taking Fosamax?

Take as directed Alendronate oral tablet is used for long-term treatment. It comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed. If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all: If you don’t take this drug, you may have a higher risk for bone breaks.

Is Fosamax worth the risk?

Some studies have shown that Fosamax may be more effective than other bisphosphonates such as risedronate at increasing bone mineral density and reducing bone turnover without a higher risk of side effects. Depending on the condition being treated and the dosage used, Fosamax may be taken once daily or once weekly.

What are the worst side effects of Fosamax?

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: jaw/ear pain, increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain, new or unusual hip/thigh/groin pain, swelling of joints/hands/ankles/feet, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

What is the safest drug to take for osteoporosis?

Some bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax (alendronate) and Actonel (risedronate), are taken as a daily or weekly tablet, while Boniva (ibandronate) is taken monthly to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Reclast (zoledronic acid) is taken intravenously once a year to treat osteoporosis and every two years to help prevent it.

What can I take instead of Fosamax?

Dr__Sikon: Reclast is a bisphosphonate (BPS), similar to Fosamax, Actonel, ibandronate (Boniva), etc. It is conveniently given once yearly via a brief intravenous infusion and makes treatment very easy. In general, it is extremely safe, as all of these medications are, as they are very specific to the bone.

How long is it safe to take alendronate?

Comment. These “glass half-full, half-empty” results suggest that women at low risk for fracture may feel comfortable taking a break after 5 years of alendronate treatment. Other women, particularly those with prior fractures or very low bone density, may choose to continue.

Can osteoporosis be reversed without medication?

Dietary musts for strong bones You can prevent or reverse bone loss with a diet that’s rich in nutrients and minerals that are key to building and maintaining bone: calcium, vitamin D and phosphorous. Calcium is constantly removed and replaced through a bone “remodeling” process, but it isn’t made by the body.

Is Fosamax bad for your teeth?

Jan. 2, 2009 — After having teeth pulled, 4% of patients in a study who were taking Fosamax developed a dangerous condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw, USC researchers report.

Is Fosamax hard on your kidneys?

To minimize the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), such osteoporosis medications as alendronate (Fosamax) and ibandronate (Boniva) are contraindicated in individuals whose glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is <30%.

What happens if you don’t take medication for osteoporosis?

You may be able to lower your risk of fractures enough without taking medicines. Or you may feel your risk of fractures is already low enough and medicines aren’t worth taking. You avoid the possible side effects and cost of bisphosphonates. Most of these healthy habits are good for your body for other reasons, too.

Is it safe to take Fosamax long term?

March 17, 2004 – There is good news about the drugs used to treat and prevent osteoporosis-related bone loss. The longest-ever study of one of the most widely prescribed of these drugs suggests it continues to protect bones after a decade of use.

How long does Fosamax remain in the body?

Answer • Thirteen years is a long time to continue taking a bisphosphonate drug, such as alendronate (Fosamax) or risedronate (Actonel). There are not good studies to show effectiveness beyond 10 years.