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Old 04-15-2010, 05:39 PM   #1
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What next from taking Fosamax????

I have been off of Fosamax for about 9 months. Decided to get off after my Pharmacy, a Orthopedic Doctor, and two Dentist told me some real horror stories. I am now on nothing, just had my bone scan and my doctor said that my T-Score was about a -2.7. She said that is ok but it has been ok because I take Fosamax. Now what happens. I am thinking of taking "nothing" and see what happens. I am now on the Citracal with Vit. D faithfully about 3 times a day. My Internist wants me back on "something" what ever that means. I know she said Evista, or Actonel or back on Fosamax. I must say since I have not been on Fosamax my whole body feels a lot better. I am going to be 68 years old and I don't have that many aches and pains since Sept. 09. Has anyone out there had to make these decisions?

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Old 04-15-2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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Re: What next from taking Fosamax????

Yes, I've had to make decisions about treatment. Not having very many good options doesn't help.

After using Fosamax for 3 weeks, my stomach couldn't take it so after alot of hassles with doctors and insurance I was approved for Forteo. I used that for the 2 years, made good gains and then did not want to take bisphosphonates no matter how much my doctors promoted it.

I couldn't take the oral medication anyways, so they were suggesting IV infusins. I was afraid of bad side effects with a year's worth of medication infused at once. So after my bone density got in the -3.0's again my doctor finally got an exception and I was started on Forteo again for 2 more years. There's risks with it but so far my bone density is up 11.7%.

But next year I'll be in the same position as you trying to figure out if to take medication and what to take. I think mild osteopenia patients can get by without taking medications and use exercise and taking calcium but with my real low scores it seems like I have to be on some medication or another. Let us know what you decide to do.

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Re: What next from taking Fosamax????

I was taking actonel for 3 years and have been off for a few. I'm in limbo and waiting for a safer treatment that I can tolerate to come along. So far I haven't found any but let me know if you come across any? My last bone density test was a pinch better than my previous one, but the doctor feels I need to be on medication. My big concern about bisphosponates is hearing about more and more cases of bones can they fix that?

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