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Alendronate User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Fosamax, Binosto

Alendronate has an average rating of 2.7 out of 10 from a total of 181 reviews on Drugs.com. 16% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 80% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Alendronate

  • Jenjen
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 13, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "Doctor prescribed Fosamax for my osteoporosis to be taken once a week. Started taking it and after second dose my legs felt like lead and I felt irritable and depressed. Persisted for another 3 weeks until I developed terrible skin rash and weeping sores. Saw my doctor who took me off Fosamax immediately. I will continue with Calcium and Vitamin D3 and continue to exercise and eat healthy. Side effects of Fosamax are not worth the risk."

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  • painful
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • April 22, 2023

Fosamax (alendronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis "After a freak accident where I slipped on a waxed floor and broke my hip, I was put on Fosamax for two years. However, my doctor eventually advised me to discontinue using it due to severe joint pain in my shoulders, neck, legs, feet, and back, as well as the development of TMJ and cramps in my feet. I also experienced tingling in my feet, hands, and arms, increased blood pressure, and three days of diarrhea every time I took the pill as prescribed once a week. I was always in pain and unable to sleep. Despite being an avid walker, I was unable to walk without pain. After being off the medication for two weeks, I am finally starting to get back to walking my 5 miles a day. I am hopeful that I will completely recover from the effects of the medication. In my opinion, the makers of this drug should provide compensation to everyone who has taken it."

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  • Sandy
  • September 16, 2019

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "Last year I had a DEXA and was told I had full blown osteoporosis. It was so advanced that my doctor told me to participate in no activity, such a skiing, that could be me at risk for a fracture. She more than strongly recommended that I start Fosamax. Reluctantly, I started it, knowing the potential of all the terrible side effects. I also committed that I would do a 30 minute resistance band work out 3 times a week. I experienced no side effects, that I am aware of. So one year later, I had another DEXA scan. I am thrilled to say that I am no longer in osteoporosis but rather am in the osteopenia range or normal. My density improvement ranged up to a 23% improvement. I am going to continue taking it for at least another year because I would love to see if I could improve my density further. I am eager to stop as the jaw bone issues scare me to death but want to give it just a bit more time to make a difference."

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  • Anjan...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 18, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "I reluctantly began Fosamax due to my worsening osteopenia. I was fine after the first dose last week, no side effects at all. However, after this weeks dose, I’ve had a SEVERE pain in my chest. It’s been 4 days since I’ve taken it and I still can’t eat because it hurts so much to swallow. Not to mention the nausea. I can only sip water and even that hurts going down. I’m taking a generic pepcid and rolaids to help with this unbearable indigestion. I’m praying this drug hasn’t done permanent damage to my esophagus. This drug should be taken off the market."

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  • Sis
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 2, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "Have resisted alendronate sodium for years, but finally gave in. Took, I think, 5 doses (once a week). After last dose had such severe pain in hip, leg, knee, most of right side -- the worst pain I have ever had, and I have had two babies and two hip replacements. Blood work, urine work and x-rays revealed nothing serious. Two weeks later, I am a little better on strong pain meds. Could not sit or stand up without crying out in pain. Am hoping to have full recovery. BTW I am the one who realized the connection and told my doctor, not the other way around. I would NEVER recommend this to anyone!"

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  • djack...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 1, 2023

Fosamax (alendronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis "I started taking Fosamax on November 11, 2022. I have only taken 11 doses and will NOT be taking any more. I was skeptical about taking this medicine after reading the reviews but my husband said that people who have positive outcomes normally do not post reviews-only people with issues post reviews, which made a little sense. I wish I had not listened to him and had gone with my gut feeling. After 6 doses, I started having numbness or pain in my teeth. It was such a strange feeling and I could not remember the reviews talking about pain in your teeth, so I continued the medicine, thinking I needed to see my dentist. After seeing my dentist and having no obvious issue, I researched the side effects again and have now discontinued the Fosamax. I am so afraid of how long the pain will last in my mouth and also these horrible headaches! I would never recommend this medicine to anyone!!!"

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  • Osteo...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • April 13, 2022

Fosamax (alendronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis "I started having a lot of soreness and pain in my right and left shoulders and forearms. It was terrible!! After reading all the horror stories I was very concerned. I stopped taking the drug immediately. (Was taking 1 pill every week). Starting reading reviews from all you good people, started taking 1 aleve and 1 advil (mini gels) in morning and before going to sleep. After a few days the pain started to subside. Feeling almost back to my normal self again! Never taking that stuff again. Taking calcium and D3. Hope this helps someone!!"

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  • Tropico
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 16, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "Used it twice. Stopped taking it. I can't recommend it. My doctor prescribed it because I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. First dose was very bad. Diarrhea, stomach pain like ulcers, very tired. Second dose was even worse. Diarrhea SEVERE stomach cramps, I thought of going to the hospital. Joint pains in my ankle and knee. Do NOT use if you have any stomach problems. It feels like it is damaging, eating the stomach lining. Very scary experience."

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  • Cilla...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 30, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "First dose I felt achy and joint pain but it went away in a few days. Second dose my joints hurt so bad I could hardly move. I stop taking them after the second dose. It has been two weeks and my bones and joints hurt so bad. Why is this still prescribed? It is horrible. I had no joint pain before taking this."

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  • Sijai
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • October 16, 2013

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."

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  • Taylo...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 31, 2014

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "I was on Daily Fosamax about 5 years ago. I had severe GERD and stopped taking it. I used calcium supplements and in those years I didn't have much change. Recently after a scan, it showed that I had bone loss so I went to the weekly Fosamax. I took it in the morning and by that evening, I had severe backache and muscle ache that got worse. Then I had horrible bloating. I could hardly walk with the pain. I called my pharmacist and they told me that I need to contact my doctor and to stop taking the medication. They told me that the side effect symptoms might take up to 7 months to go away. I can not function. I will contact my doctor to see what he has planned. I would like to just take calcium and vitamin D regularly."

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  • Purpl...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 7, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "Started fosamax this weekly medication. Took 3 doses and stopped after 3rd because of severe pain, swelling and decreased range of motion in wrists and right elbow. Startling side effects - (never have side effects), I would not recommend this medication to anyone. Ever."

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  • Natalir
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 22, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "I took Two weekly doses of Fosamax then stopped because of side effects. Rapid weight gain, acute abdominal distinction (like I’m 7 months pregnant), aching back, aching hips, fatigue and random itching. Been off it for a month and side effects have not abated at all. It’s like I woke up and suddenly aged an extra 30 years overnight. Hope the side effects go away soon."

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  • Susan
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 29, 2019

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "My rheumatologist prescribed Fosamax to me in summer 2018. I carefully followed the directions when I took the first pill. I was barely able to sleep the first 2 nights. I then began to feel achy, like I was coming down with the flu. It hurt to move. I was miserable and let the doctor know. He had me take calcium and vitamin D for 2 weeks before taking the 2nd dose. After the 2nd pill I again felt miserable and deep-down achy. It is possible for bones to hurt? I felt like I was walking with lead boots on. My body obviously does not tolerate this drug at all."

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  • Bite...
  • March 6, 2017

Fosamax (alendronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis "Honestly the worst medicine ever. People who invented should be sued. I mean what we're they thinking????? It sent my mom to ER after 3 days and she was admitted for 8 days in hospital. She is still recovering. It will give you tons of pain all over your body, head, jaw, and more. It will make you unstable. I mean seriously the inventor of this medicine should be cursed the rest of his or her life. "

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  • No to...
  • February 21, 2017

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "I agree all drugs have side effects but fosamax is dangerous. My mom has been taking it since last 2 weeks and from that time she has been having all sorts of pain, discomfort which she never had before. Doctor said they will eventually go away but she ended up hospitalized with severe pain in jaw, chest, neck , in short every where. I don't know why this medicine is even in the market."

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  • March 13, 2019

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "Took Fosamax for 4 months and go terrible side effects such as pain in my knees, in my hips, shin, foot. Th pain is not always in the same place. Could not sleep anymore. Painkillers did not help. Got so bad that I hardly could walk. Stopped taking Fosamax and slowly I am feeling better"

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  • Anonymous
  • October 6, 2011

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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  • Anonymous
  • April 10, 2017

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "Unfortunately, after being on Fosamax for 2 years, experienced all the typical reported side effects from other users. Thought, ok need to deal with that, if it is going to help my osteoporosis. Well, to my surprise, bent over to pick up a hose and my entire leg went out right from underneath me just like that, I had fractured my femur. Have an 18 inch rod in my leg with a 4 1/2 inch Home Depot screw in my hip. That was just the start of it. Have had 5 fractures since in 2 years. Had 1 shot of Prolia (insurance requirements) now on Forteo, once a day injections, don't care, hope that will bring some improvement for a better quality of life."

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  • Peaches
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • July 29, 2013

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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  • Patty
  • February 21, 2023

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "I started taking Fosamax once a week a month ago and took three doses. I have had horrible depression, fatigue, and body aches. I talked to my doctor and was told that the depression was not a side effect. I have never felt this bad before and refuse to take it ever again. It is a horrible drug."

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  • Nitro...
  • June 10, 2015

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "MD prescribed Fosamax. Took first dose and two day later woke up with a severe headache, boating, gas and terrible nausea. By the time I got home from work I had severe back pain, joint pain and headache. The boating was almost intolerable. The next day, nausea was worse and the headache continued with no relief even after OTC pain med. I will take Calcium and Vitamin D instead."

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  • Walker
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • January 29, 2020

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "I was on fosamax for 3 months and everything was fine until I started getting pressure in my chest, had EKG, chest X-ray, everything was fine but pressure was still there, stopped it immediately after talking to pharmacist and that was one of the serious side effect, it’s been 4 weeks I have been off it and still have chest pressure which can take a few more months or longer to go away. I WOULD NEVER TAKE THIS AGAIN"

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  • Susie...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 30, 2019

Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis "I’ve been on fosamax for 3 weeks, taking it once a week, on a Sunday. The first week I was constipated, bloating. That lasted most of the week. I started my second round on Sunday, Monday afternoon I started having joint and muscle pain. By late in the afternoon my knees were swollen and I had difficulty walking and climbing 2-3 stairs. By Thursday I was feeling back to normal. This past Sunday I took my third pill, the next day I had joint and muscle pain, flue like symptoms, headache, nausea, fever, chills. I’ve decided to stop the medication and take coral calcium and a vitamin D supplement."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 25, 2011

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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