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Is Fosamax for osteoporosis safe? I took it for 3 years, am under 40yrs, does it caus jaw disease?

I read that this pill can cause a problem with the bone in the jaw. for some reason it does not let the jaw cells die off and then regenerate. So in this area it is bad. I'm still worried, that if i one day need to have a tooth pulled out i might have trouble. How many people took a pill like this and had a tooth actually pulled out and had no problems?

Don't take stuff like that. You can prevent osteoporosis in 2 simple steps. First take a calcium supplement. You need to get plenty of that and things like milk are full of lactose which you don't need. Step 2, exercise especially weight lifting. All exercise increases bone density, but lifting weights is by far the best. Use free weights like barbells and dumbbells. Do mostly compound lifts like squats, rows, deadlifts, bench press and that sort of thing. You will have thick strong bones if you do that. It will help with your joints too, which is another thing that makes aging easier. Not to mention dropping excess fat. Get plenty of lean protein, that is the building material for your body.

Should my grandmother stop taking calcium and/or Fosamax if her creatinine test came back at 1.3?

My grandmother recently had a creatinine test that was at 1.3. Apparently, this is elevated. In the past, it had been normal.

My mother thinks that my grandmother should stop taking her daily calcium supplement (which is a 66% RDA pill in calcium carbonate form) and also her weekly Fosamax until her creatinine is back to normal.

Since my grandma has significant osteoporosis, I'm not sure this is a good idea. Is it worth ceasing her Fosamax and calcium? How relevant are these two supplements to kidney function?


If the calcium level is too high it can be an indication of kidney stones (an example only) but I would not recommend that she stop her medications until after discussing the results with the doctor at length to see what they mean.

Upcoming extraction of 4 upper teeth. Have been on fosamax for 6 years. What to be concerned with ?

Should I be concerned about bone in upper jaw because of fosamax use. Will withdrawing from it for 3 months before oral surgery help to improve the jaw bone condition? How would the withdrawal of the product help to promote better healing of the bone. Is not the damage to the bone already done. Should I wait for 3 months as my dentist has suggested?

fosamax is a drug in a class called the bisphosphonates. it alters the biological processes that go on in the bones and slows the turn over of of the cells involved and therefore the remodelling of the bone.

One of the side affects of the drug is osteomyelitis and osteonecrosis. basically the bone gets infected and dies and this is very bad and treatment is surgical removal of the dead bone.

Having teeth taken out whilst taking bisphosphonates increases the likelyhood of this happening. Even if this doesnt happen you will take longer to heal than normal and that is why your dentist is reluctant.

the problem is that the drugs have a very long period of action and it takes a number of months for their affects to wear off completely.

be patient, it is not worth the extra risk.

Has anyone else had problems with Fosamax (bisphosphonate)? What about Boniva (Ibandronate sodium)?

I'm pushing 60 and started Fosamax about 3 years ago according to directions. It destroyed my lower esophagus so much that I couldn't even drink small amounts of water before going for a walk without the water coming back up. I'd never had any problems prior to the drug and then spoke to an old friend who said the identical thing happened to her. She even got scoped to make sure no cancer was developing.

So, I'd like to know if anyone has had problems with Boniva along these lines? Any side effects? The warnings on the sheet certainly don't tell you what the odds of developing symptoms are and when you do, it is too late.

Has anyone started with Fosamax, then switched to Boniva?

Any input would help me decide if I want to risk Boniva or just take calcium and D and magnesium.

Appreciate it.

Well - both boniva and fosamax are oral bisphosphonates - basically they slow down the breakdown of bones.

Both of these drugs need to be taken with a FULL class of water at least 45min. before food and you need to stay UPRIGHT for at least 45min. -- did you do that?

The difference between the two is that Boniva is only once a month.

Calcium, D, and Magnesium will not help the same as the bisphosphanates. During childhood and adulthood there are cells that make bone and cells that break down old bone in a cycle; calcium and D help with making bone. However as we age, the cells that make bone become less and slower, which leads to faster bone breakdown. Even if you add calcium and D to your diet it isn't going to change that rate.

I would recommend the boniva if you have had GI/esophageal problems with Fosamax due to its monthly dosing. But you definately have to follow the directions.

Can some one tell me about FOSAMAX side effects?

I had done a stool blood test and i was positive i stared taking FOSAMAZ 3 weeks ago....could it be a side effec of it.?

yes it's very likely. you need to call your doctor and explain that you're having blood in your stools. fosamax can cause serious ulcers in your stomach and esophagus if not taken EXACTLY as instructed. this would cause black, tarry stools due to blood. here's an article from the drug information:

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: jaw pain, swelling of joints/hands/ankles/feet, an increase in muscle or bone pain, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

This medication may infrequently cause serious irritation and ulcers of the esophagus. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking alendronate and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: new or worsening heartburn, chest pain, trouble or painful swallowing.

Do taking of Osteocare tablets cause the recurrece of menstruation to post menopausal women?

I am 57 yrs old and I have been taking Osteocare for months.I began havig gradual monthly period about 3-4 months ago. Is this normal for one taking Fosamax and Osteocare?

NO! Osteocare is just calcium, and Fosamax has nothing to do with menstruation, only with bone! Since you were already menopausal, and then started monthly periods again, you should see a gynecologist. You might have a problem.

I had my wisdom tooth extracted 7 days ago.Place is very sore and i get severe pain at all times.?

I was on Fosamax for 3 years but have stopped about six months prior to extraction.
Any help or suggestion is appreciated.Thank you.

Use a warm tea bag and gently bite on it (in the spot where the teeth were removed). It has anesthetic (pain relieving) properties.

Also take alieve or advil.

I might need to have surgery on one of my feet. A bunion (overgrowth of bone)?

Do I have to worry about taking Fosamax. I took Fosamax for 3 years. Then I stopped taking it - I have a little back pain now. I know about the jaw disease people get. Has any one had problems will bones (not healing) in other parts (like in the feet)?Should I just keep taking Fosamax to help my spinal bones?

Hi Butterfly

Here are some ideas to help heal the issue.

Bunions occur more frequently in women who wear pointed and tight-fitting shoes.

To correct or improve a bunion, structural and functional correction of the postural and mechanical (weight-bearing) factors that led to its development is required. Fallen arches, postural muscle imbalance in the legs and pelvic area, and problems involving low back and pelvic joint mechanics, as well as habits of use (running, walking, and standing postures relating to work, sport, and general function) all need attention from skilled practitioners using manipulation and rehabilitation methods, including physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths.


Natural Cures

Note: Bunions need to be treated or will get worse. Mild bunions can be treated mechanically though larger ones may require surgery.

Herbs: Aloe vera juice, parsley tea, and calendula are all useful for helping to relieve the pain caused by bunions. Calendula lotion is also recommended.

Homeopathy: Ruta grav., Silicea, and Arnica are useful remedies, as is Benz ac, which must be taken alone, not in combination, like the other remedies.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

Lifestyle: Walk barefoot whenever possible. Exercise your feet, rolling them back and forth, from heel to toe, over a bottle.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following supplements can help improve the symptoms of bunions: DL-phenylalanine, D-phenylalanine, niacinamide, and magnesium. Although these supplements can improve symptoms of pain and inflammation, they will not get rid of the causes. Thus, they need to be taken on a regular basis several times per day to keep blood levels elevated. Improvement usually takes up to one month and will subside a short time after these nutrients are no longer taken.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of bunions: Acupuncture, Bodywork, Chiropractic, Magnetic Field Therapy, Massage Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Prolotherapy, and Reflexology.

Best of health to you

How long does it take for osteoporosis to heal? My T score is -3.5, and I've been on calcium carbonate ...

calcium carbonate (Cacit + vit D) and Fosamax for 4 months, then calcium citrate (Citracal + vit D) and Fosamax since September. Over a total of 7 months my densitometry shows no improvement.
My doctor says it's normal, it takes a long time... If this is so it will take forever!

Why does it worry me so much? I'm only 42 and it gave me a small tibia fracture, which only seems to heal very slowly, and I 'm afraid there might be other fractures along the way.

Well, I know there's no miracle cure, but I saw a shrink who told me that my depression hampers the recovery. He says I reject my own body as it is, and I subconsciously hamper its reconstruction. Does that make sense?

At 42 it makes me feel like an old man, I really didn't that on top of AIDS.

Please give me some indications.

I'm so sorry you have osteoporosis as well as aids, do you think it would have anything to do with the fact you have aids. I'm sorry I don't know anything about it except I always thought it was a woman's disease! I do hope you'll soon be feeling better, chin up, sorry I could'nt be off more

Is calcium citrate really much better than calcium carbonate for osteoporosis? I read much good about ....?

I read a lot of positive comments concerning calcium citrate, but it's difficult to get in Europe. Does it make a decisive difference with calcium carbonate? Why is it so?

I have osteoporosis and I need to heal a small tibia fracture which has been lingering for months now. I've been on Ca carbonate + vit D for 3 months and changed to Ca citrate + vit D one month ago. I've also been given Fosamax 2 months ago. How long should the recovery take normally?

Calcium citrate is better because it is organic and organic supplements are absorbed better than inorganic supplements. Calcium carbonate is regarded as inorganic because it behaves as an inorganic material even though it does actually contain carbon in the carbonate radical but this carbon is regarded as inorganic carbon because it behaves like an inorganic material.

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