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How effective is Fosamax? In one year, for example, how much bone density will I recover?

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11 Oct 2009

The use of Alendronate (e.g. Fosamax) causes a shift of bone balance toward bone formation by inhibiting bone resorption and has been shown to increase bone mass.
Two studies about Alendronate include
1.Lieberman et al — 10 mgs of Alendronate per day over a three-year period of time built bone mass in 96% of patients and decreased the risk of fracture significantly.
2.Fracture Interventional Trial by Black et al — with the use of Alendronate, there was a 47% decrease in new vertebral fractures, a 50% decrease in hip fractures, a 55% decrease in the risk of symptomatic vertebral fractures, a 48% decrease in wrist fractures, and a 28% decrease in the risk of all clinical fractures.

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Jeanne Murtha 25 Oct 2009

If one starts with bone density at 75% before taking fosamax, what will the bone density be after taking fosamax for one (or more) year?

marwein9 7 Jan 2011

I WAS ON FOSAMAX FOR 6 MONTHS AND READ TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT IT... I TOLD MY DR. WHAT I DID AND HE SAID AFTER MY NEXT BONE DENSITY TEST IF IT IS WORSE HE WILL GIVE ME A SHOT...

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