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How long should I take FOSAMAX?

How long should I take FOSAMAX?

Bisphosphonates, the most common type of osteoporosis medications, are typically taken for at least 3 to 5 years. After that, your doctor will consider your risk factors in determining whether you should continue to take these or other osteoporosis medications.

How much FOSAMAX should you take?

After getting up for the day and before taking your first food, drink, or other medicine, swallow your FOSAMAX tablet with a full glass (6-8 oz) of plain water only. Take 1 FOSAMAX tablet once a day, every day.

How does FOSAMAX work for osteoporosis?

How does FOSAMAX work? In osteoporosis it works by slowing down the process of old bone being removed, which allows the bone-forming cells time to rebuild normal bone. FOSAMAX not only helps prevent the loss of bone but actually helps to rebuild bone and makes bone less likely to fracture.

Should I take calcium supplements with FOSAMAX?

However, do not take any foods, beverages, or calcium supplements within 30 minutes or longer after taking the alendronate. To do so may keep this medicine from working properly. Follow your dosing instructions given to you by your doctor closely.

What can I take instead of Fosamax?

Which osteoporosis medications are usually tried first?

  • Alendronate (Fosamax), a weekly pill.
  • Risedronate (Actonel), a weekly or monthly pill.
  • Ibandronate (Boniva), a monthly pill or quarterly intravenous (IV) infusion.
  • Zoledronic acid (Reclast), an annual IV infusion.

What are the dangers of taking Fosamax?

Doctors prescribe Fosamax to prevent age-related bone damage. The drug can cause minor side effects including abdominal pain, acid regurgitation and constipation. In rare cases, people who take the drug may suffer from serious side effects such as femur fractures, jaw problems and esophageal ulcers.

Can I take vitamin D with Fosamax?

Interactions between your drugs No interactions were found between Fosamax and Vitamin D3.

Who should not take Fosamax?

People with the following condition should not use Fosamax:

  • People with abnormalities or problems related to the esophagus.
  • People who cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • People with hypocalcemia (low calcium in the blood)
  • People allergic to ingredients in Fosamax or Fosamax Plus D.

How much does Fosamax cost per month?

Fosamax (alendronate) Cost just $6.00 | Kroger Rx Savings.

How much does Fosamax cost?

Typical costs: For patients not covered by health insurance, the cost of osteoporosis treatment ranges from, on the low end, about $10 a month for the generic version of Fosamax, which recently became available, to about $80 a month for brand-name Fosamax or Actonel to $900 or more a month for Forteo, an injectable brand-name drug prescribed for severe cases.

Is Fosamax still on the market?

Fosamax is only available as a 70mg tablet. This may limit the range of indications Fosamax can be used for. The liquid preparation of Fosamax has been discontinued.

Is Fosamax the same as alendronate?

Fosamax is available as the generic drug alendronate. And Boniva is available as the generic drug ibandronate. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes brittle, weak bones.