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I'm glad that your husband and grandmother are perfectly fine. I wonder just how long they've been on Fosamax. Many users (I know, I visit many health boards) experience the heartburn/chest pain right away, but for many, it takes years for the ulcers to form. The jaw necrosis, bone pain and eye problems are often written off as caused by other things, old age, in your grandmother's case, possibly. That said, side effects don't happen to everyone or the drug would never have been approved. It's about inordinate danger and bisphosphonates are inordinately dangerous. Phen-fen, the diet drug, for example, was touted and defended by many and lots people lost a lot of weight on it. Those same people didn't believe those who said that they developed heart disease after taking the drug and often made the very points that you did, defending the drug companies and doctors. Low and behold, after many died of heart disease or now live with major problems, was the connection finally made and the drug was banned.

Drugs like Fosamax can not be compared to penicillin, insulin and aspirin. The science behind bisphosphonates is incredibly suspect. Have you read anything about the action of the class of drug and why it supposedly "works"? Have you read much about about osteoperosis?

As for doctors not having "the time to sit and research every drug..", well, they very well SHOULD know the most common and dangerous side effects of each drug or they should NOT be doling them out. If big pharma reps won't tell them these things, then they should darn well do a little research. In 5 or 10 minutes, one can find the worst problems associated with Fosamax. Drugs should be seen as a serious and last ditch effort and we should all learn all we can about dealing with a problem naturally, first, before drug therapy. To defend doctors by saying that they don't have time, is playing right into the drug company's hand. Everyone needs to be held accountable. Prescribing and taking drugs is a serious endeavor. Fosamax is a relatively new drug. Your loved ones are guinea pigs, those who really become the true test of a new drug.
Actually, if aspirin was brought to the FDA for approval these days, it would never get approval...mainly because of GI ulcers.

[QUOTE=Spin444]I'm glad that your husband and grandmother are perfectly fine. I wonder just how long they've been on Fosamax. Many users (I know, I visit many health boards) experience the heartburn/chest pain right away, but for many, it takes years for the ulcers to form. The jaw necrosis, bone pain and eye problems are often written off as caused by other things, old age, in your grandmother's case, possibly. That said, side effects don't happen to everyone or the drug would never have been approved. It's about inordinate danger and bisphosphonates are inordinately dangerous. Phen-fen, the diet drug, for example, was touted and defended by many and lots people lost a lot of weight on it. Those same people didn't believe those who said that they developed heart disease after taking the drug and often made the very points that you did, defending the drug companies and doctors. Low and behold, after many died of heart disease or now live with major problems, was the connection finally made and the drug was banned.

Drugs like Fosamax can not be compared to penicillin, insulin and aspirin. The science behind bisphosphonates is incredibly suspect. Have you read anything about the action of the class of drug and why it supposedly "works"? Have you read much about about osteoperosis?

As for doctors not having "the time to sit and research every drug..", well, they very well SHOULD know the most common and dangerous side effects of each drug or they should NOT be doling them out. If big pharma reps won't tell them these things, then they should darn well do a little research. In 5 or 10 minutes, one can find the worst problems associated with Fosamax. Drugs should be seen as a serious and last ditch effort and we should all learn all we can about dealing with a problem naturally, first, before drug therapy. To defend doctors by saying that they don't have time, is playing right into the drug company's hand. Everyone needs to be held accountable. Prescribing and taking drugs is a serious endeavor. Fosamax is a relatively new drug. Your loved ones are guinea pigs, those who really become the true test of a new drug.[/QUOTE]
Bisphosphonates are not new...Actonel 7years Fosamax 12 years.....


[QUOTE=Spin444]I'm glad that your husband and grandmother are perfectly fine. I wonder just how long they've been on Fosamax. Many users (I know, I visit many health boards) experience the heartburn/chest pain right away, but for many, it takes years for the ulcers to form. The jaw necrosis, bone pain and eye problems are often written off as caused by other things, old age, in your grandmother's case, possibly. That said, side effects don't happen to everyone or the drug would never have been approved. It's about inordinate danger and bisphosphonates are inordinately dangerous. Phen-fen, the diet drug, for example, was touted and defended by many and lots people lost a lot of weight on it. Those same people didn't believe those who said that they developed heart disease after taking the drug and often made the very points that you did, defending the drug companies and doctors. Low and behold, after many died of heart disease or now live with major problems, was the connection finally made and the drug was banned.

Drugs like Fosamax can not be compared to penicillin, insulin and aspirin. The science behind bisphosphonates is incredibly suspect. Have you read anything about the action of the class of drug and why it supposedly "works"? Have you read much about about osteoperosis?

As for doctors not having "the time to sit and research every drug..", well, they very well SHOULD know the most common and dangerous side effects of each drug or they should NOT be doling them out. If big pharma reps won't tell them these things, then they should darn well do a little research. In 5 or 10 minutes, one can find the worst problems associated with Fosamax. Drugs should be seen as a serious and last ditch effort and we should all learn all we can about dealing with a problem naturally, first, before drug therapy. To defend doctors by saying that they don't have time, is playing right into the drug company's hand. Everyone needs to be held accountable. Prescribing and taking drugs is a serious endeavor. Fosamax is a relatively new drug. Your loved ones are guinea pigs, those who really become the true test of a new drug.[/QUOTE]





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