Originally Posted by bearcubs
The doctor prescribed this medication. He asked me to take it once a week. Does anyone have or had any side effects from this medication? He thinks it will benefit me but there is always that burning question, what is the long term effect. If you take it there is still a chance you could break a hip if you don't the same thing. I know you have to decide for yourself. Any ideas or suggestions would be great!!
Did you end up trying Fosamax? What happened? One thing to realize is that Fosamax is the same as Actonel and Boniva and Reclast. They are all Bisphosphonates. They act to slow down bone break down. I have heard some theorize that this class of drug will upset the natural bone modeling process and cause one to build up old brittle bone because if you slow the break down, then body won't create new bone. However, I think it's a theory. Mainstream doctors site studies that claim this class of drug cuts down on fractures but I do wonder about the way they've done these studies. There would be a lot of variables involved. What were the ages of those involved and how long were they on the drug for?
Doesn't it seem that it's very hard to know what the drugs do since we aren't seeing the bone structure? It's one thing to test BMD but it's another to know if the structure is healthy or not.
I have taken Actonel for a while and then I did the Forteo for two years. My density still decreased over time. So I wonder what I should do.