View Full Version : Has anyone taken Fosamax?

carrie liz
May 15th, 2013, 09:19 PM
I am asking because the arthritis doctor wants me to take it and the side effects scare me. I have done a lot of research on the various forms of calcium and found out the one I have been taking is not absorbed by the body. I would like to hear from y'all so I can make an intelligent decision. Meantime I found a calcium made from Algae which I hope does a better job of building bone.


K. McEuen
May 15th, 2013, 11:10 PM
I've never taken this medicine or even heard of it for that matter, but as with most medicines today the list of possible side effects often seem a lot worse than the original problem you are being medicated for. That said, they are possible side effects, not something that will happen to each and every person that takes it. The majority of people on medicines have little or no side effects, but there is always someone that will have one or two of the adverse reactions. The internet can be a wonderful thing, it can also be a bad thing when it gives too much information to people that don't understand everything they are reading. I have had friends that have convinced themselves they are on death's doorstep after reading something on the internet. Your doctor attended medical school for a reason and probably knows a lot more about diagnosing and prescribing than anyone here on the forum does. If you have a specific question about a drug and aren't comfortable asking him about it go to your local pharmacist and ask them. They know more about drugs and their interactions than most doctors. I've talked to a couple different pharmacists on occasion and they have always been extremely happy to answer any questions.

May 15th, 2013, 11:26 PM
I completely agree with Karen. Pharmacists are good friends when it comes to understanding drugs. It is mandatory for drug companies to list every side effect that anyone has ever experienced especially during trials. They are NOT something that everyone experiences. Ask questions of your doctor and pharmacist relying on their professional opinions. Although I do not take Fosamax, my sister does and has not had any issues with it, however there are alternative drugs that your physician might consider as well. It is generally given to those who have existing or potential bone density issues subject to osteoporosis.

May 16th, 2013, 12:27 AM
I also agree with Karen. If I didn't take any of my meds because of possible side effects, I would be bed ridden in pain. 99% of the time, you will not have any of the possible side effects, but by law they have to list them. I don't think your Doc would prescribe something for you that would be more harmful than beneficial. The hypocratic oath is "First Do No Harm".

May 16th, 2013, 06:02 AM
I agree with Karen, too! Doctors are doctors because they had years and years of training on medical school. If that was a job for everybody who just happens to read a bit about an illness or a drug the world would be full of them! Please ask your doctor about the possibility of your drugs side effects. If you do not trust him or her 100% ask your pharmacist, who have to know how the meds work. They get trained for that! So there you have at least 2 specialists at hand who know more about your drug than anybody random on the internet :) If you do absolutely not feel comfortable with your prescription for any reason, please speak to your doctor and ask for alternatives!

May 16th, 2013, 08:22 AM
My grandmother took Fosamax for about 2 years. Unfortunately she had very advanced osteoporosis before she took the medication, so there was no marked improvement for her. I would speak with a pharmacist if I were you.