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Re: Fosomax effectiveness

Re: Fosomax effectiveness

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Posted by Beverly on August 04, 2000 at 12:22:15:

In Reply to: Re: Fosomax effectiveness posted by Jacki on May 10, 2000 at 10:25:25:

: Hello, I, too, have been on Fosomax 2-1/2 yrs. & the only side effect I'm aware of is this awful weight gain. I've always been a small person around 105 lbs & now I'm up to 118, so the only thing to attribute to weight gain is Fosomax. However, my bone density has IMPROVED in the first year after a repeat scan, up 8.5%. The Rhumotologist was very pleased & laughed at me when I proprosed the weight gain questions. He said no, but, he's not taking it either. From many others taking Fosomax, it is definitely one more side effect at around 10-15 lbs gain. I have no other known side effects & tolerate it w/other heart meds. My mother had osteoperosis & I was a prime candidate, good thing I had the bone density test done when I did or I could be in for some fractures. I note some are reporting eye problems, I have not noticed anything unusual w/my sight or acid reflux. Maybe I'm lucky in that area. I'm just wondering/fearful if you will, how long it is safe to take this drug w/out any dangerous side effects. Any discussion on this? Please respond if anyone has read how long is safe. I know it's still in the testing stage, as we are the testors!!!!!I take 10mgs. daily, however, have dropped down to 4 a week giving me 40mgs. Five mgs. daily is used as prevention;10mgs to treat, so my theory is 35mgs. weekly w/be considered prevention, so 40mgs is going to help. Any response w/be appreciated. Thanks Jacki

Is your weight gain good due to denser (heavier) bones? Or is it bad due to added body fat? We all would benefit from adding good weight in bone and muscle.

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