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Fosamax - is it safe? Should I take it?

Monday, October 11, 2010

I just had the results of my recent bone density test and my doctor says he wants me to go on Fosamax. I am not too happy about this since I exercise six days a week, get plenty of calcium in my diet and also take calcium supplements.

My biggest worry is the side effects - everything I am reading about this drug scares me to bits and a colleague had major reactions when she took it (she stopped after two doses).

I am going to seek a second opinion from my gynie who will also have received the results of the test - I get Deprovera shots for contraception and these can lead to thinning of the bones so we were already considering a change there. And she is so lovely - I hope she can set my mind at rest.

I am also going on vacation to the UK in 5 days so I won't start taking it yet anyway as I don't want to be away and experience problems, but if there is anyone out there who has experience of Fosamax (good or bad) I would be very grateful to hear it.
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  • NEWSUE45
    I personally have not taken this drug but good for you questioning the doctor. Way to many people now a days just take whatever the doctor gives them and never researches it thinking that the doctor knows best. I have seen first hand, especially in the hospital with my parents that mistakes are made and prescriptions written in haste without any thought of side effects. Hopefully you will find out if it is right for you!

    -Sue emoticon
    3345 days ago
  • WANDERINONE
    I gave this drug to plenty of patients in the hospitals and nursing homes. No one had side effects that I was aware of. THere is the one known side effect of the jawbone death but the incidence is small. Most of the side effects that are common are gastrointestinal in nature and can be inconvenient and a bit troublesome.
    Strength training is a good way to go to strengthen the bones, and in the meantime you could try taking the Fosamax and watch out for the side effects and stop taking it at the first sign of serious side effects.
    In the end it is still your decision whether to take it or not. The common question is "Do the benefits outweigh the risks?" Thats only a question you can answer.
    My other question is how low was your density reading? Is it borderline, if so, if it were me I would consider not taking the Foxamax and going with diet and supplements and weight lifting and having my density rechecked in six months to a year. It takes time to remodel bone stronger. AGAIN, this is only to be your decision. I am only giving you my personal and professional opinion and information in taking vs not taking the drug.
    3346 days ago
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