Fosamax

Active Ingredient(s): Alendronate
FDA Approved: * September 29, 1995
Pharm Company: * MERCK
Category: Osteoporosis

* This drug may consist of multiple approval dates, manufacturers, or distributors. If applicable, they would be listed below under "NDC Database Records".



Fosamax Overview

Alendronic acid, sold under the brand name Fosamax among others, is a bisphosphonate medication used to treat osteoporosis and Paget's disease of bone.[1] It is taken by mouth.[1] Use is often recommended together with vitamin D, calcium supplementation, and lifestyle changes.[1] Common side effects include constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, and acid reflux.[1] Serious side effects may include esophageal problems, osteonecrosi...

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Details May Include Instructions, Side Effects, Interactions, Etc. Drug monograph is from Wikipedia. All text is available under the terms of the GFDL (GNU Free Documentation License). Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alendronate

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Fosamax/dental extractions

dangers of dental extractions while on Fosamax ## I'm 65 yrs. old and have been on Fosamax 10+ years. I had a wonderful doctor who retired approx. 4 yrs. ago. Haven't had good medical care since then and am opting to stop this medication. I am experiencing teeth problems and shoulder and upper back/neck pain. I think 10 years is long enough (maybe too long) to take this med and I am going to stop "cold turkey". I'm going to check into a natural product at my local health food store that might benefit Calcium absorbtion. Does this sound like a reasonable approach? Thanks ## Generally, people are warned to avoid dental work while taking Fosomax due to the possible risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw, it is warned about in the patient advisory leaflet, and is why most pati...

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Fosamax and jaw pain

I take Fosamax D once a week and on the 2nd day thru the 4th day I have severe jaw and jaw-tooth pain and then it goes away. Is Fosamax D the cause? ## I've been on Fosamax for nearly three months. This week for the first time I experienced pain in my upper teeth that I thought might be sinus related. Now I believe it is caused by the Fosamax. I don't intend to continue with it. ## I have been on Fosamax 5 months, and had 4 days of TMJ agonizing pain recently. It has never been that bad in 20 years. I will speak to my doctor. I'm afraid to keep taking it. ## Yes, there is a chance that it was caused by the Fosamax, it has also been known to cause osteonecrosis of the jaw, according to FDA reports, so you should consult your doctor, or dentist and have this checked out as soo...

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Esophageal Spasms

On taking Fosamax, I had severe esophageal spasms. I finally self-diagnosed myself; stopped the Fosamax, and they are only minute now; hopefully will stop soon. ## I only just started Fosomax a month ago for osteokinesis and am having serious issues with swallowing anything. Having pain in my chest and what seems to be spasms. Am thinking of just stopping it all together. I have had 2 esopageal stretches over the year and first thought this was heartburn but have no heartburn symptoms sych as reflux or throat acid. I can onky attribute my swalling issues to Fosomax. ## There is a risk of most medications causing such issues as side effects, according to FDA reports. Others may also include nausea, dizziness, worsening asthma, and joint/bone pain. You might be better of trying a differen...

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Fosamax disaster

I have been taking fosamax for a couple of years with the most devastating results. My Teeth have been breaking off on a regular basis the dental hospital are very nervous about removing my Teeth as they fear my jaw could break as a result of osteonecrosis. Also, I have just had a barium swallow for my enlarged glans in my throat where for the past 6 weeks I have lost my ability to speak after awakening at 8am exactly 12hrs later. The mental anguish is extreme and the dental surgery costs will be astronomical if my jaw can stand up to teeth removal without breaking. The manufacturers of this drug should step up and accept the compensation pay out to the sufferers of this debilitating drug called fosamax. ## That is a known side effect of this medication, according to NIH reports. It may...

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Fosamax- vertigo

My mother takes Fosamax;and had forgotten not to drink coffee after taking.All of a sudden she is very dizzy and nausea.She claims she is not dizzy but feels very drunk and has no balance.Was in ER and in observation over night.The Dr. called it Vertigo.I read on Vertigo and it said dizziness.Nothing is spinning.She feels drunk and has loss of balance very badly.Had given her Adavert upon releasing from hosital.There has been no change at all.Head cat scan,blood work and carotid arteries checked and no signs of anything.I don't know what else to do for her.Any suggestions?PLEASE! Thanks ## My dr. has recently prescribed Foszmax for me, but I wanted to do some research before taking it. Did your mom take it once and started feeling this way, or was this her first time taking it? Is s...

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Esophagus Burning Fosamax [Alendronic Acid]

My mom is taking Fosamax [Alendronic Acid], she is taking it exactly as directed and is still getting terriible burning in her esophagus. She is really suffering. She says there are no alternative medications she can switch to. Are there any remedys she can take to help ease the burning in her esophagus? Supplements, Vitamins, anything like that? Any help anyone can give me would be greatle appreciated, as i Said, she is really suffering Thanks in Advance!! ## There are alternative medications that she could try, such as Prolia, Zometa, and Boniva to name a few, as well as several more. She should ask her doctor about trying a different one. The FDA lists the typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and joint/muscle aches. How is she doing, now?

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heartburn from fosamax

I have been taking the generic form of fosamax once a week for 3 wks. I have developed intense heartburn and nausea. I was very reluctant to begin this drug and am thinking of stopping. Anyone else have these side effects? ## Those can be normal side effects, as reported by the FDA, you may also experience headache, and joint/muscle aches. Are you on any other medications? Have you been taking it on an empty stomach, or after a meal? Many people have had to stop taking this medication due to severe side effect issues.

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Fosamax

side effects ## To view all the possible side effects and other information regarding Fosamax, you can click on the link below... NOTE: you may need to scroll down to the section called side-effects. Do you have any more questions or informaiton to add? Please post back if you do. ## Body pain and weakness. Have taken Fosamax 3 times. All of a sudden a "wave" comes over me. I get real weak and I feel like I have the flu. My bones, joints, skin, hair all ache. I have to take 2 aspirin and go sit down. Then being so week, I fall asleep. After approx 30 minutes I feel better and carry on! Does anyone else have these symptons? Never had this prior to taking the med.

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bisphosphonates aclasta for paget's bone disease, fms

After taking strong oral doses of fosomax for pagetic shin bone, I developed fibromyalgia and am hesitant to have an aclasta infusion of a similar bisphosphonate to fosomax injected, which would last 2 years in my system. This treatment may possibly prevent further progress of paget's bone disease in my shin but I am hesitant to have this procedure as I think I am allergic to it and may make myself even more ill. ## Hello, Susannah? How are you? Have you been officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia? The reason I ask is because some of the side effects of these medications can be very similar to it. As reported by the FDA, people have experience joint/muscle aches, headaches, abdominal pain, dizziness, vertigo and alopecia. What makes you think you're allergic to it? Symptoms of a...

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Can Fosamax be taken in the evening - 1 hr before bed?

Can Fosamax be taken in the evening - 1 hr before bed? I am taking protonix every morning 1 hr before breakfast, and would not feel well all day if I didn't. So the question is, can I take Fosamax later on after breakfast and before lunch, or between lunch and dinner, or even after dinner, 30-60 minutes before going to bed? ## Hello, Frumu! How are you? No, for Fosomax to be effective, the FDA directions say it must be taken upon arising in the morning, at least half an hour before having any other food, beverage or medication, other than plain water. Its typical side effects may possibly include nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, skin rash and chest pain. Is there anything else I can help with?

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Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

Alendronate
  • Solution: 70mg/75ml
  • Tablet: 10mg, 35mg, 40mg, 5mg, 70mg
  • Tablet, Effervescent: 70mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

NDC Database Records for Fosamax: (5 results)

Sorted by National Drug Code
  • 0006-0031 Fosamax 70 mg Oral Tablet by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
  • 54868-3857 Fosamax 10 mg (As Alendronate Sodium 13.1 mg) Oral Tablet by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 54868-4384 Fosamax 5 mg Oral Tablet by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 54868-4462 Fosamax 70 mg Oral Tablet by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 54868-4463 Fosamax 35 mg Oral Tablet by Physicians Total Care, Inc.

Other drugs which contain Alendronate or a similar ingredient: (5 results)

Related Fosamax Topics:

Fosamax- vertigo
My mother takes Fosamax;and had forgotten not to drink coffee after taking.All of a sudden she is very dizzy and nausea.... 12 replies
Fosamax and jaw pain
I take Fosamax D once a week and on the 2nd day thru the 4th day I have severe jaw and jaw-tooth pain and then it goes a... 3 replies
Fosamax/dental extractions
dangers of dental extractions while on Fosamax ## I'm 65 yrs. old and have been on Fosamax 10+ years. I had a wonder... 2 replies
Fosamax disaster
I have been taking fosamax for a couple of years with the most devastating results. My Teeth have been breaking off on a... 2 replies
Fosamax
side effects ## To view all the possible side effects and other information regarding Fosamax, you can click on the link... 2 replies
Fosamax and broken toe
I have osteoporosis and used to take Fosamax but I stopped taking it a few years ago because of the bad publicity it was... 2 replies
Fosamax jaw symptoms years after stopping the drug.
I was put on Fosamax & Evista when it first became available for Osteopenia (very early surgical menopause). When it... 1 reply
Fosamax & atrial fib
I took Fosamax 2 years. Dueling that time I developed atrial fib, was shocked once & placed on Multaq. Continued to ... 1 reply
Can Fosamax be taken in the evening - 1 hr before bed?
Can Fosamax be taken in the evening - 1 hr before bed? I am taking protonix every morning 1 hr before breakfast, and wou... 1 reply
Boniva & Fosamax
I heard that Fosamax causes jaw cancer. I am taking Boniva. Should I get off of this medicine? ## Fosamax, Actonel, Boni... 2 replies




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