User Reviews for Alendronate
Also known as: Binosto, Fosamax
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|Osteoporosis||20 reviews||152 medications|
|Prevention of Osteoporosis||11 reviews||15 medications|
|Summary of Alendronate reviews||3.4||31 reviews|
Reviews for Alendronate
For Osteoporosis: "I have osteoporosis in my left hip, My doctor prescribed alendronate I took it 4 weeks the 2nd day I started having and continue to have hip, back, arm and leg pains. I did not have any pain before the meds. I went back to the doctor he said my side effects were not normal and to keep trying for 4 more weeks.. I have not continued it, I see no reason to continue something that has only caused me intense pain. I have a very high tolerance for pain but I hurt all the time now. I exercise by walking 2+ miles every day, it is helping but if I miss a day the pain is twice as bad again. I do not want to see or even think about of what another 4 weeks would do to my body."
Shirl8456!! (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 19, 2017
0 users found this comment helpful.
For Osteoporosis: "After taking alendronate for 1 year my pelvis fractured suddenly. I was not doing any strenuous activity. Everyone insisted that I must have done something to cause this. The orthopedic surgeon who saw me in the hospital told me it was the alendronate medication and told me not to take it anymore."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 6, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
For Prevention of Osteoporosis: "I took one dose of this hideous drug. Within 24 hours I started experiencing horrible hip pain, then shoulder and back. I have been unable to go about my daily duties because I am overcome with pain and fatigue. It is a week today. When will this be out of my system?"
Retired teach August 30, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
For Prevention of Osteoporosis: "I started taking Alendronate 70 mg pill as prescribed. The next morning I woke up with severe heartburn and belching. Then I started feeling the urge to vomit. All I could bring up was phlegm and a foamy liquid. I had a very bad acidly taste in my mouth. I finally called my doctor and was told to stop taking the Alendronate and stay on a clear liquid diet. My joints hurt, my jawbone and teeth hurt, back pain and severe indigestion. After 6 hours I was still vomiting. My doctor prescribed Zofran to calm my stomach. I started feeling better so tried eating. It's been 5 days and I'm still having indigestion after eating and pain in my feet and hands. I hope this nasty medicine is out of my system soon!"
Char324 August 22, 2017
12 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Anonymous April 10, 2017
65 users found this comment helpful.
For Prevention of Osteoporosis: "Give me osteoporosis. Nothing worst than this! I could not get myself to take my weekly dose today. I have been taking Alendronate Sodium 1 month now. I feel so....bad. Today before taking it I decided to read the reviews on it. OMG, I identified with all. I have never had so much pain, bones, joints, jaw, feet, dry mouth and sore eyes. How can a company put out such a product? I am so glad for everyone who posted their reaction for this terrible drug."
LaVrn (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 7, 2017
17 users found this comment helpful.
For Osteoporosis: "Doctor prescribed 70 MG Alendronate weekly for pre-osteporisis. I also have a compressed disc in my lower back causing chronic back pain for 30 years which was being controlled by Naprosyn (Anti inflamatory). After 3 doses of Alendronate I am bedridden with severe lower back pain. Pain is so bad I am now on morphine. Haven't talked to my doctor yet but the hospital ER Dr / Pharmacist said there aren't indications that Alendronate can cause such severe pain after taking 3 weekly doses. Seems to me there are others having severe side effects like mine within a few days or weeks of starting the medication? Please let me know if you have, thank you."
Ken2017 April 2, 2017
15 users found this comment helpful.
For Osteoporosis: "Nausea... Headaches... Sticks in my throat...and sours in my stomach Cramps with joint pains Carpel tunnel from my shoulders down my arms. Cramps on my chest, hands,arms, legs and feet I started taking it because I was hurting from osteoporosis Now I am hurting from taking this drug. Vitamins D and calcium would have been the answer, but Dr.s get paid to push this medication on their patients."
Horrible drug (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 10, 2017
21 users found this comment helpful.
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. "
Bite me 09 March 6, 2017
54 users found this comment helpful.
For Prevention of Osteoporosis: "Joint pain, back pain, involuntary jerking, swelling, thinning hair, constant in pain."
Patches89 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 28, 2017
12 users found this comment helpful.
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."
No to fosamax February 21, 2017
62 users found this comment helpful.
Fosamax (alendronate) for Osteoporosis: "This medication created a terrible fracture to my femur after 4 years of taking it. I am a relatively healthy 75-year-old female. I am now in a great deal of pain and in rehab after having a rod placed in my shattered femur. I am sorry I ever took this medication, and have stopped taking it."
Kellyirene (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 30, 2017
61 users found this comment helpful.
For Osteoporosis: "Alendronate/death Doctor prescribed this for my 91 year old mother against my objections. My mother was in excellent health until this medication was prescribed. I stated my objections several times regarding this medication. I related recent incidences of falls and no bone breaks. ( She had fallen several times, once off a ladder onto concrete...only bruised. Another time slipped off step, sprained ankle. The er doc said she had great looking bones.)Also, my mother repeatedly told the doctor she had memory/cognition issues which were documented in her chart. The doctor insisted. Ten days later my mother died. She misread the directions and didn't remember the doctors directions. She took one pill daily instead of one weekly."
Alijan (taken for less than 1 month) September 26, 2016
26 users found this comment helpful.
For Osteoporosis: "Alendronate70mg once a wk for 5 wks. Startd feeling very sick. Bad abdominal pain..heartburn..extreme nausea..feel like vomitting. Horrible pains in left thigh. Weird feeling in throat. Headaches daily. Bloated feeling. Abdominal pains everytime I eat and hunger pains extreme. Just total overall sick feeling. Went to ER..Ultrasound fine. Gastro set up appt for upper GI. Hoping ulcer wasn't form or any other damage.Hoping this pill will get outa system soon. Can not handle feeling nauseous all the time. Will never take this pill again. Input?"
Ry106 May 13, 2016
41 users found this comment helpful.
For Osteoporosis: "My husband is on alandrnate (fosomax) expensive. Severe low back pain, bloating and gas, and ankle pain did not connect the dots. Pain goes on since last April now I have asked him to stop since today have to wait and see. I myself have severe jaw pain took fosomax in those days heart burn continues though I stopped long time ago. I take condratin sodium. My bone reading is from osteoporosis. to osteopenia now."
Malihai (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 12, 2016
24 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Nitro 1 June 10, 2015
135 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Tayloranne (taken for less than 1 month) August 31, 2014
192 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Sijai (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 16, 2013
257 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Peaches1965 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 29, 2013
192 users found this comment helpful.
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."
sunshine123# June 17, 2013
183 users found this comment helpful.
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."
JLB 1943 June 3, 2013
35 users found this comment helpful.
For Prevention of Osteoporosis: "I had to stop taking this after 7 months as my jaw became painful and my mouth became exceedingly dry. It took about 6 weeks for me to get back to normal."
Cindylbw January 21, 2013
40 users found this comment helpful.
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. "
Anonymous October 6, 2011
265 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Anonymous June 25, 2011
250 users found this comment helpful.
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. "
Anonymous April 19, 2011
232 users found this comment helpful.
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