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Re: Fosamax side effects

Re: Fosamax side effects

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Posted by Laurie C on August 26, 2000 at 15:17:16:

In Reply to: Re: Fosamax side effects posted by Marilyn on August 24, 2000 at 16:29:18:

: : I've been on fosamax for about one month. After taking it, I experience a dull ache in my kidneys and feel continual pressure to urinate with hardly any output. (am going to discuss this with my doctor) Is this happening to anyone else?
: Been on Fosamax for 3 years and had to get off due to bad bad stomach problems. Also tried new drug called Actonel, same problem. Need another option? Help!!!

In reply to Marilyn regarding ? of other options. Have you ever heard of calcitonin? It is marketed as Miacalcin ( I'm pretty sure) and is in the form of a nasal spray. It is not a bisphosphonate as is fosamax and actonel (which, by the way, my doctor now has me trying actonel. Haven't taken first dose yet - too scared after the fosamax experience!) But, calcitonin is naturally found in the body, it is produced by the tyroid gland and it's function is to regulate the level of calcium in the blood. If it's high then calcitonin intervenes to prevent that because it means calcium is being leached from the bone. It affects the action of osteoclasts; preventing them from resorbing bone and the good news is that it does build bone. GI sides effects are not part of the side effect profile of the drug. Sinusitis, rhinitis, headache and a low risk of strokes are part of the side effect profile. Maybe this is the one for you. Perhaps if you couple use of it with an alternative treatment you'll have even better results. I too, am considering alternative complements to my medication. Horsetail is considered to be a suitable herbal remedy for osteoporosis. In the area of aromotherapy, lavender essential oil may be helpful. Good luck!

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