I have been taking this medication for about 8 years and was told by a friend that I should only take it for 5 years. Is that right?
This is from the literature on it: The optimal duration of use has not been determined. The safety and effectiveness of Fosamax for the treatment of osteoporosis are based on clinical data of four years duration. All patients on bisphosphonate therapy should have the need for continued therapy re-evaluated on a periodic basis. Patients at low-risk for fracture should be considered for drug discontinuation after 3 to 5 years of use. Patients who discontinue therapy should have their risk for fracture re-evaluated periodically.
Why would you take fosamax at all? There are so many possible side effects. Besides, what is wrong with this medication that you would have “to take a break” from it after so many years? I was supposed to start taking it about a month ago, but after a lot of research and the fact that my doctor would not talk to me about it, I just said NO!!! I refuse to take any medication that seems to have so many “secrets”. Ask your doctor if he would let his wife, daughter or mother take it.
- Fosamax Information for Consumers
- Fosamax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fosamax (detailed)
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