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The first Fosomax I took was the "Once a Week" dosage. I took it first thing in the morning, with 2 or 3 giant glasses of water, and I did not lie down after swallowing it. I took my shower, got ready for work, etc etc, went to work...in about 3 hours I thought I was going to have to go home. Oh my gosh - it was like FIRE!! I had someone run to a store and grab me a half gallon of milk, which I drank to try to soothe my stomach and intestines. I will NEVER, EVER take the once a week dose again. You couldn't pay me to take it. It was like a liquid volcano that went through my body.

Next I tried the once a day dose. I got up in the morning, took it with a giant glass of water, drank another glass of water in about 10 minutes, and did the same as before - take my shower and get ready for work. Now, that didn't really bother me. After a few weeks of it, another doctor told me to not take it because he's trying to reverse the osteoporosis in another way (by getting my thyroid under control). So I quit.

Last week I discovered a loose tooth. A loose tooth? Me? I'm 60, for Pete's sake! I called the dentist in a panic and told him about the newly discovered osteoporosis. He told me to get in there the very next day for an X-ray. I did. The X-ray told the bad news. I have bone loss even in my jaw. Holy cow. Am I going to start losing my teeth, too? Well, I called my regular family doctor and told her about the loose tooth and she gave me a scrip for the daily Fosomax and agreed that maybe I'd better go back on it.

I get up, go right to the kitchen and pour a giant glass of ice water into which I've put a few tablespoons of lemon juice. I take the Fosomax with the entire glass of water, pour another glass of water, go to the garage and walk on the treadmill for a few miles, then go take my shower, dry my hair, put on my makeup, etc etc, all the time taking more swallows of the water until the second glass is gone. I usually pour a third glass of water and drink it, too. I have had no problems doing it this way.

The doctor treating my thyroid problem told me Fosomax and Actonel are both horrible, and that he wishes there were something better for us women with osteoporosis. My choice is to take Fosomax, mainly because of the bone loss in my jaw. I've talked to two women who have taken it for a year and who have both seen a great deal of improvement in their bone mineral density. I just feel like I have to try it and see if it won't help the bone loss in my jaw. I've accepted gray hair and some wrinkles - I don't know about losing my teeth. That's a hard one to accept.
[QUOTE=Mollymalone;410047]The first Fosomax I took was the "Once a Week" dosage. I took it first thing in the morning, with 2 or 3 giant glasses of water, and I did not lie down after swallowing it. I took my shower, got ready for work, etc etc, went to work...in about 3 hours I thought I was going to have to go home. Oh my gosh - it was like FIRE!! I had someone run to a store and grab me a half gallon of milk, which I drank to try to soothe my stomach and intestines. I will NEVER, EVER take the once a week dose again. You couldn't pay me to take it. It was like a liquid volcano that went through my body.

Next I tried the once a day dose. I got up in the morning, took it with a giant glass of water, drank another glass of water in about 10 minutes, and did the same as before - take my shower and get ready for work. Now, that didn't really bother me. After a few weeks of it, another doctor told me to not take it because he's trying to reverse the osteoporosis in another way (by getting my thyroid under control). So I quit.

Last week I discovered a loose tooth. A loose tooth? Me? I'm 60, for Pete's sake! I called the dentist in a panic and told him about the newly discovered osteoporosis. He told me to get in there the very next day for an X-ray. I did. The X-ray told the bad news. I have bone loss even in my jaw. Holy cow. Am I going to start losing my teeth, too? Well, I called my regular family doctor and told her about the loose tooth and she gave me a scrip for the daily Fosomax and agreed that maybe I'd better go back on it.

I get up, go right to the kitchen and pour a giant glass of ice water into which I've put a few tablespoons of lemon juice. I take the Fosomax with the entire glass of water, pour another glass of water, go to the garage and walk on the treadmill for a few miles, then go take my shower, dry my hair, put on my makeup, etc etc, all the time taking more swallows of the water until the second glass is gone. I usually pour a third glass of water and drink it, too. I have had no problems doing it this way.

The doctor treating my thyroid problem told me Fosomax and Actonel are both horrible, and that he wishes there were something better for us women with osteoporosis. My choice is to take Fosomax, mainly because of the bone loss in my jaw. I've talked to two women who have taken it for a year and who have both seen a great deal of improvement in their bone mineral density. I just feel like I have to try it and see if it won't help the bone loss in my jaw. I've accepted gray hair and some wrinkles - I don't know about losing my teeth. That's a hard one to accept.[/QUOTE]

I have mostly posted on the Forteo threads, because I was taking that drug for two years. I have just finished with it (it's only approved for use for 2 years) and I am about to start on Actonel this weekend. It was always the plan for me to go on to Fosamax or Actonel after the Forteo. I know several people taking the drug with no side effects, but I'm plenty nervous.

I'm only writing because there have been a number of posts on these boards about a rare problem with Fosamax and the bisphosphonate (?) class of drugs which involves jaw bone loss. I understand the problem is more commonly found in people who have had chemotherapy. I don't know much about it, but if you are not seeing an endocrinologist with a lot of experience with these drugs, you might want to consult with one to make sure Fosamax is not the problem.





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