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Posts: 74
Registered: ‎03-24-2010

Just been prescribed generic fosamax (alendronate sodium 70 mg) and have been reading up on it and found mostly negative reviews.  I am going to contact my doctor to further discuss this, but would appreciate any feedback (good or bad). Thanks.

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Can we ask if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia?? i have had had osteopenia for the last 18 years but it remains fairly stable, so I have never taken or been prescribed any of these kinds of drugs. From what I understand, many women now are getting infusions rather than taking any pills.  

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Posts: 74
Registered: ‎03-24-2010

Last scan showed I went from osteopenis to osteoporosis especially in the left hip area.

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Registered: ‎03-15-2010

@pattyc 

 

My encrinologist prescribed this about a year ago after a bone scan.  

 

It was once weekly, but after a month, I was in such terrible pain, I wasn't sleeping at night.  The pain was centered in my hips and was so bad I could not sleep on either side.  It was deep and relentless.

 

Told her I don't care what the scan showed, I wasn't taking it ever again.

 

I was a runner for MANY years, I now spin and do light resistance training.  If that is not enough, I'll just have to live with it.

 

Seems many of these meds are problematic.

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Registered: ‎07-27-2010

@pattyc, three of my sisters and I have been prescribed aledontronate for osteopenia or osteoporosis. One had a negative reaction (muscle spasms in her legs at night - she now gets shots every 6 months), but the rest of us have had no problems.

 

I can't speak for the results for my other two sisters, but I've taken it for 4 years for osteopenia, and two bone density tests show a slight improvement on my hips. My doctor is pleased with the results and wants me to continue taking it weekly, which I will do.

 

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Registered: ‎03-19-2016

After taking Fosamax I learned I can never have tooth implants even after 1 pill. I hope I don't need them!

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Posts: 78
Registered: ‎03-11-2010

I've been taking this for many years.  I've had no side effects.  I think my insurance always goes for a generics.

Contributor
Posts: 74
Registered: ‎03-24-2010

Thanks for all your replies!  Between the positive replys and talking to doctor, have decided to try it and as doctor said if it causes problems will revisit.

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Posts: 485
Registered: ‎11-14-2013

I take the genetic for Bonita....its a once a month pill....at first I had aches and pains ....in time .....it passed.my body adjusted......my last bone density showed improvement....

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Registered: ‎06-10-2010

Many years ago, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis.  I took the Fosamax for a few short months and my stomach couldn't handle it. I haven't had a dexa scan recently but my last one ( probably about 4 yrs. ago) showed my numbers had not gotten any worse.  I am 71. Had I continued it, I believe I would have ended up with an ulcer.