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Posted by J. Cribben
on August 31, 2000 at 05:08:07:
In Reply to: Re: Fosomax effectiveness posted by Pat on April 29, 2000 at 15:34:05:
: : : I have read many messages posted here on the subject of fosomax. Everybody seems to have one problem or the other with it. I haven't found a single posting that is positive on fosomax. I am taking it myself for over a year without pronounced adverse side effects but without any clear benefits either. I wonder if ther's anyone on this list who clearly benefited from taking fosomax and what is his/her dosage?
: : Osteoporosis is a slow process. It takes 35 years to reach your peak bone mass. After 35-40 you slowly lose bone mass. Stopping the progression of osteoporosis is also no a night/day turnaround. It often takes 1-3 years to see benefit from therapies. You were concerned about the effectiveness of this drug, have you fractured? If not, then you would think that it is giving you benefit. My doctor told me that it could reduce back fractures and hip fractures. I haven't fractured yet! Good luck!
: I have been on Fosamax for 3 yrs. My spine has improved from -2.4 to -1.8 which is called osteopenia and not osteoporosis. I truly believe in the medication. However, I did have to take a 3 month break from it because of an esaphagal ulcer after 2 l/2 years on med.
: During the break I took Myacalcin with no side effects.
I am a 73 year old man who was told this year that I have osteoperosis. Fosomax was recommended by my orthopedic doctor. I have hesitated to use it because I read in the Washington Post that side effects could be devestating especially if you have problems with your esophagus. I have a hiatal hernia for which I take large quantities of prescription zantac. I hsave a cat who developed an ulcerated esophagus and hasn't eaten solid food in six years. I want to take the drug if it will improve my bone density. Is it worth the risk?
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