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Re: anyone doing good on fosamax?

Re: anyone doing good on fosamax?

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Posted by BoneyMaroney on December 03, 2000 at 06:36:51:

In Reply to: Re: anyone doing good on fosamax? posted by Barbara on October 20, 2000 at 17:14:08:


: : I am 39 years old and was just told I have Osteoporosis and that my spine is of a 75 year old. I went through menapause and 32 because of cancer. My Dr. gave me fosamax but reading all the alfull side affects I don't really want to try this. Is anyone out there can tell me it works on them with out feeling terrible???

: Response: I have been on Fosamax for three years. Here is a brief history and the results. I went through menopause at the age of 36 after having my ovaries removed. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 3 yrs. ago at the age of 58. I took Miacalcin because I was afraid of the effects of Fosamax. I had to stop Miacalin after several months because I developed an allergic itch. I took nothing for about a month and developed back pain. After speaking to a woman at work who said she took Fosamax with no ill effects by taking 10 oz. of water and waiting one hour before eating,I decided to do the same and took Fosamax and lots of Tums for heartburn and acid reflux during the next 2 years. I took a second bone density test at that time and was elated to learn that not only didI not lose any more bone but I actually built bone. So, having heard that Fosamax builds bone for three years I was determined to hold on inspite of the (what I considered "annoying") heartburn for another year at least. I continued taking the Fosamax and have had two very bad acid reflux episodes this past year and just went for an endoscopy today and the immediate results are: Grade II reflux esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, and a polyp at duodenal bulb. I am awaiting results of a biopsy. I do have a hiatus hernia so I'm not sure, but I feel that the Fosamax has definitely contributed to if not caused the above problems. I am still taking the Fosamax and will be exploring other more gentle treatments. I think, however, that Fosamax is the only medication that BUILDS bone. I'd appreciate hearing about other medications.

Hysterectomy in mid twenties, diagnosed with osteoporosis 4yrs ago with the bones of an 85yr old when I was in my mid-50s!
Have taken Fosamax every AM for 4 yrs. Some discomfort for the first 6 months but stuck with Fosamax and eventually the discomfort went away.
After a year I was very pleased to find that the bone loss had reversed itself & there was a slight improvement in my DEXA scan scores.
I found through research on Merck site that to get the full benefit of Fosamax you must wait 2 hours
before ingesting anything. Not a well known fact but it's right there on the Merck site for all to see, check it out.
I strongly believe that waiting 2hrs after taking Fosamax before eating or drinking has allowed me to get the full benefit of the treatment. My DEXA scores showed improvement every year. My latest DEXA scores show that I am now osteopenic, quite an improvement. Yes, I AM doing GREAT on fosamax. Wishing you all well, there is hope!


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