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Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis: When I first started this there were little, small side effects. I figured over time I would get used to the side effects and thus deal with them. Instead the side effects became intolerable. I would test the med by taking it while I was feeling well. I still had several side effects. Finally the last time I took this the side effects me sick for two full days. Terrible upset stomach, extreme gas and bloating. Worse aches and pains, unable to sleep even with sleep medication. The verge of vomiting at any moment, very dizzy. Extreme bone pain. Several other situations happened with the last dose.
Fosamax (alendronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis: Started taking June 2013, once a week. 4 weeks into taking started having headaches but didn't connect the dots. Then started having severe sharp pain in back and upper right behind rib cage. Pain so severe, went to ER, where they didn't know the cause (had my gallbladder removed 18 yrs ago). Finally spoke to my primary and the connection was made.
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Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis: I started taking Fosamax for Osteoporosis and I have had a low back pain and body aches the first week, and on the second week I have had severe headache that lasted over two days, now its a dull headache. I'm not to sure on this medicine, I'm worried about the side effects. I hope the effects get better not worse.
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alendronate for Prevention of Osteoporosis: Caused severe chest pain, jaw pain, difficulty swallowing still after one year, eye pain, severe constipation, rash under my arms and anal area that persist
to this day. The chest pains sent me to the Emergency.
Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis: I was diagnosed with osteopenia in 2000 and took Fosamax for 9 years. My bone density showed slight improvement after 3 years, but still in the osteopenia range. One year later, no improvement. I am grateful to have my bone density fairly stable, but am disappointed to not have had improvement after 9 years.
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Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis: My bone density improved while taking Fosamax. However, I had nausea, intense heartburn, gained 20 pounds, and had to start taking prescription stomach medications due to gastric problems. Finally, I stopped taking it, lost 20 pounds, felt much better and could eat again, but my doctor is now telling me I have lost significant bone mass since stopping this medication. Will now try Atelvia with calcium supplements.
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Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis: I have been taking Fosamax (once a week form) for 10 years now without problems. My last scan showed an improvement of 97 percent after ten years by checking my "T" scores.
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alendronate for Prevention of Osteoporosis: I noticed joint aches with this medication (and also from concommitant Femara, an anti-estrogen drug). Taking Glucosamin/Condroitin (1000/600 per day) solved the problem. When I stop the G/C, the aches come back. The only downside to this medicine for me is forgetting to take it once per week - or accidentally ingesting food beforehand, so I couldn't take it that day.
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alendronate for Prevention of Osteoporosis: The side effects increased with intensity the longer I took it. Muscle, joint and bone pain. I reached the point where I needed a cane to walk. Once I stopped taking it, problems all went away.
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alendronate for Prevention of Osteoporosis: I had no problem tolerating Actonel, but when my prescription plan changed me to alendronate sodium, I almost immediately began having so much trouble with my knees that I can no longer use walking as my weight-bearing exercise, which is crucial to prevent.
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Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis: My wife has been taking Fosamax (once a week form) for four years now without problems - her last scan showed an improvement in osteoporosis. However, she has recently been supplied with a generic alternative. This has resulted in excessive wind and bowel functions.
Is there such a thing as a generic equivalent?
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