... Hi - my understanding is similar, except that I had not had any fractures, but my bone density was -3.5; they diagnosed it as severe osteoporosis.
Osteopenia is diagnosed when the bone density is less than -2.0, I think, although I'm not at all sure about that.
I took Fosamax for my readings; this was before all the bad news came out about those drugs. However, my bone... (5 replies)
... I took Fosamax for about 3 years and developed pain in my jaw. At this point I had a different MD and he had me stop it and continue with Calcium. ... (6 replies)
... If I were you I would do extensive research prior to taking Fosamax. I took it briefly several years ago but couldn't deal with the side effects (mainly insomnia which is rare). Anyway, after reading about jaw osteonecrosis as well as it makes bones more brittle, I will never take another bisphosphonate. It's up to you if you feel you should take the risk after weighing all... (6 replies)
... there are other osteoporosis meds available
one is prolia, which is an IM (intramusclular) injection given at the physician's office every 6 months.
also, forteo is a SQ (subcutaneous) self-injection done at home for 2 years max. afaik this is the only one that actually builds bone back.
to qualify for either of these, she would need to be diagnosed with osteoporosis... (10 replies)
... I'm also curious if she knows her T scores. What happens when she takes Fosamax or Boniva? ... (10 replies)
... Hi. My osteoporosis has worsened in the past three years. So far I've been refusing Fosamax. The side effects scare me as I already have gut issues.
Are there other ways to rebuild bone without those risks?
What about Calcitonin? Has anyone had good results from this? (2 replies)
... I'm 57 years old and very active (I work with horses). I have been on medications for osteoporosis for approximately the past 8 years. The first 4 yrs. or so I took Actonel and when it became too expensive, I started taking Alendronate 70 mg. - once weekly for the past 4 years (give or take). I never had any side effects from either medication. After having my last bone... (14 replies)
... ne being built on already brittle bones and thus in the long term leading to further problems later on. I really am at a crossroads. I have prescriptions now for fosamax or protelos but wonder should I just hold off ? ... (0 replies)
... It's so sad that that happened to you after you had so diligently taken that fosamax pill for 12 years, thinking that it was making your bones stronger! You must be a strong and determined person. ... (4 replies)
... I had taken Fosamax for 12 years prior to breaking my right femur while walking in the garage. I spent two hours in surgery while they placed a rod inside my right femur. ... (4 replies)
... I agree wholeheartedly with turtlelady!!! I took Fosamax for 15 years. ... (4 replies)
... I have been on Fosamax for 8 years - everything I read says not to take it for more than 5 years as after that point it causes brittle bones. I broke a rib from sneezing and severely broke my tibia/fibula above the ankle in October, which required 3 hrs of surgery, bone grafts, pins/screws, plates. My Primary Care Doctor says to keep taking the Fosamax - don't know what to... (4 replies)
... Three weeks after starting Fosamax, I experienced acute pain in my left thumb. When similar pain occurred in my right thumb, and also both Achilles tendons, I made the possible connection. Seems like tendons rather than muscles or joints. Now, even after stopping for nearly a month, the pain continues to radiate down both forearms as well as ankles. I have seen others... (14 replies)
... Now I'm down to choosing one of the tablets. My insurance will not cover Boniva, but they will pay for either Fosamax or Alendronate. Is one better than the other? ... (3 replies)
... In the Daily Mail newspaper from the UK in their ''health'' section there is a frightening new report on findings that the Bisphosphonate medication, Fosamax, can increase the chances of cancer of the oesophagus.
Hundreds of thousands of women taking drugs to combat bone thinning could be doubling their risk of cancer of the oesophagus, warn British researchers.
A major... (3 replies)
... and has been on Fosamax for over 10 years. She just stopped taking it in March. On Tuesday she tripped over a hose, landed on her left side, and broke her right femur. ... (12 replies)
... Hi 00305972 - thank you for that post! The others were really discouraging, but I'm happy for them that they haven't taken fosamax. I had taken it for 10 years (!) when the article came out, so you can imagine my feelings about it!!
I stopped taking it two months ago and will be sure to post about any fractures or jaw problems I get in the future. My dentist believes that... (12 replies)
... It's good hear you aren't having stomach problems from either medication. I thought Alendronate was Fosamax. Am I wrong? I"m on my second round of Forteo because of stomach problems with oral medications and not wanting to do the IV infusions.
I can't answer your questions about Strontium but there's posters I'm sure will come by and help you out. (1 replies)
... I took Fosamax for some time and it didn't seem to do any good although at the time I wasn't told to break up my dosages of Ca. and add D3. ... (1 replies)
... After using Fosamax for 3 weeks, my stomach couldn't take it so after alot of hassles with doctors and insurance I was approved for Forteo. ... (2 replies)