Drug Ratings for FOSAMAX

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 1  complex regional pain syndrome horrible bone pain in ankles and wrists. can barely walk or put weight on ankles. ankles feel like they might break. took 3 times. pain kept getting worse. stopped 2 wks ago. pain is the same F 27 3 weeks
70mg 1X W
10/16/2014
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 1  osteoporosis Took generic of fossamax. Immediately experienced flu like symptoms of muscle and joint pain and difficulty standing for over 10 minutes.I felt like I'd been in a car accident. Also eye pain and inflammation which required a trip to eye doctor the first week. Eye meds did not help and eye inflammation got worse with successive doses. Did not take last dose, but pain in hips, lower back, neck, buttocks linger after 10 days since last dose. Also a few chest pains. Eyes are feeling better now that I'm off it. I read that some people develop serious eye inflammation within the first 90 days of use. That was me. F 58 3 weeks
75 mg
9/21/2014

 1  Osteoporosis Spasms of diaphragm. Shortness of breath, confusion. M 79 2 weeks
30
9/19/2014

 1   4 yrs and developed a gastric ulcer, terrible joint, muscle and back pain. Not realizing its cause is from Fosomax. Finally realizing the pain my mother experienced was from this drug. Looked at reviews and the pain I was experiencing was exactly like others on the drug. If anyone files a class action suit against the drug company, I am in. I would never recommend this to anyone! Beware of Fosomax. F 70 4 years
8/21/2014

 4  osteopenia no side effects F 57 5 years
35 mg 1X W
8/18/2014

 1  Osteopenia Gas, bloating, loose frequent stools, stomach pain F 56 3 weeks
75 1X W
8/10/2014

 1  osteoporosis Joint pain, loose joints, numb toes, overall aches F 51 1 days
70 mg 1X W
7/9/2014

 1  Prevention of osteoporosis Jaw feeling very stiff & aching with ulcerated tongue & mouth resulting in an excision & biopsy of lesions in jaw and diagnosed as Lichenoid Stomatitis which the drug is believed to be responsible, severe cramp throughout the evening and night in both calves & feet, ringing ears,both big toe nails dropped off, constant feeling of tooth ache but teeth okay, index fingers in both hands having unusual shooting pains and arthritic joints in other fingers feeling much worse, constant fatigue. I stopped taking Alendronic Acid (Fosamax) immediately on the advice of my consultant oral surgeon who I was referred to after experiencing dreadful problems in my mouth and jaw. The consultant was appalled that I had been prescribed Alendronic Acid by my G.P. I had been flagged by the National Health as someone who may suffer from osteoporosis sometime in the future and my G.P. called me to see him where he then prescribed the drug without offering me a bone density scan. My G.P. later admitted to me that the drug would have been a contributory factor to my current serious health issues which have left me in a far worse state of health than ever before I started taking the drug. F 57 10 months
70 mg 1X W
7/8/2014
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 1  osteoporosis thanks to those who recommended strontium I urge everyone to research strontium for building bone density. I just ordered some on Amazon and you can read reviews there--it sold me. My doctor just prescribed Fosamax for me. Before taking even one dose I read user reviews and became too scared to take even once. Strontium has been researched and is used in Europe. Not only does it help with osteoarthritis, but it also builds bone density--with little to no side effects for just about everyone. Hope the dr. isn't too upset--if he is I'll need to switch drs. F 57 0 days
70 1X W
7/4/2014

 1  osteporosis upper arm pain in the muscle. I feel I have no strength in my arms. F 57 3 months
70 mg 1X W
6/27/2014
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 1  back pain very severe pain allover the body. can move out of my bed,loss of appetite, cant sleep When my mother started taking fozamax, she was a fine active lady, now sh is bed riden, she can do any other activities even she has stopped going to church. F 71 90 days
1X W
5/25/2014
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 1  Osteroporosis Extreme backpain, swollen legs and ankles. sore feet. Extreme fatique.dizziness Bad medicine, not worth taking the risks F 74 4 weeks
70 mg 1X W
5/16/2014

 1  bone loss Horrible bone pain and muscle cramps in back and rib cage. also general pain all over and index finger swelling up. Heartburn also. I threw the pills out and within a week stomach pain gone. Other body aches and pain slowly going away. My doctor told me I should take Boniva but I refused to take anything. I will take my liquid calcium with D and Strontium to increase my bone mass. F 68 4 months
30mg 1X W
5/14/2014
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 1  Osteoporosis Within days of taking first pill. Had neck and shoulder pains , weakness in legs and painful finger joints. F 79 3 days
70
3/28/2014

 1  osteoporosis Incapacitating pain without relief for 2 months after a single dose I took one 75mg tablet and within a few hours muscle pain started throughout my body. It was worse the next day, and 60 days later is still at the same level. I have no energy, constant pain, and occasional nausea. I had *none* of this before the Fosamax and was generally healthy. This is all from a single tablet of Fosamax. The FDA describes it like this: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm124165.htm This is the worst mistake I've ever made. M 67 1 days
75mg 1X W
3/27/2014
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 1  osteo i stopped after taking 3 pills i am in pain constant pain in my hands and wrist with numbness and neck and back pain also it has been 5 weeks since i took my last pill will this ever go away, i was not in pain before starting fosamax. n F 57 3 weeks
70mg 1X W
3/11/2014
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 3  stress fx in neck of femur x 2 I hadn't had a lot of side effects until recently, my muscles ache a lot in my lower extremities especially. I had been taking calcium supplements much better and have not been good in the last few months. I have had to stretch constantly or I hurt bad and it seems to be getting worse and worse and in more muscles. I don't know if it is from my Fosamax and if the lack of not taking extra calcium is making my symptoms worse. I just don't know if it is worth the risks. F 42 2 years
70 1X W
2/1/2014
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 1  Osteoporosis Constant leg pain ranging from a dull ache to horrible throbbing pain that made it difficult to walk, sleep or do much of anything. Pain was concentrated aroundright knee: Behind it, on the side, and sometimes shooting up the front of my thigh. How am I supposed to do weight bearing exercise and strength training when I can barely walk? F 60 4 months
70 mg
2/1/2014

 1  Osteoporosis Terrible back pain. All the muscles and bones in my back have been hurting for the past 2-3 weeks with no relief. I have been off the drug (generic) for 2 weeks now and am still having symptoms. Wondering when the pain will go away. Do not take this drug. Vitamin D and Calcium are better. M 32 2 months
70 mg 1X W
1/30/2014
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 1  Osteoperosis Diarreah,popping, painful knee. Also hips very stiff ...walking like a 90 year old! Hemmoroids very very painful. Groin extreme pain and can barely get out of a chair. Been on it 2 months. Threw it out yesterday and didn't do weekly dose. Sudden burning sensation in throat tonight and severe body ache. Took Advil . I'm afraid of the meds now F 68 60 days
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12/1/2013
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 1  diagnosed with "osteopenia" Severe joint, muscle and bone pain in my left hip, thigh, leg and buttocks within 48 hours. Walking very painful and began limping like a very old woman. Could not sleep on my left side because of the pain. Shooting pain in my lower legs woke me up during the night. Has been 3 weeks since my first and last dose and still have pain, though not as severe. Very worried there will be some residual effects from one dose and pain may never go away completely. Caution everyone not to take even one dose of this without receiving a 2nd opinion. Many doctors have recommended NEVER taking Fosamax or a similar drug. Physicians need to warn patients of potential side effects (not just those appearing with medicine) so patient can make an informed decision whether to risk taking this drug (poison!). FDA should remove this drug from the market. F 71 1 days
35 1X W
10/2/2013
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 1  osteoporosis Fosamax started to swell my aunts ankles, the swelling then went all the way up to her knees (3 plus pitting edema) this was 2 months into taking the medicine. The doctor told her that this could be normal so she continued with the Fosamax and elevated her legs, stayed hydrated and started Lasix. Nothing changed in her legs, still swelling she developed an orange tint to the color of her skin and started having black tarry profusely bloody stools, then she started throwing up very very large amounts of blood. She had gotten Hepatitis c, esophageal varices, congestive heart failure, and cirrhosis from this. It was to late to reverse the damage at 7-8 weeks after starting the medicine. She had NO underlying health conditions and was on NO other medications.. Pure, Plain, and simple Fosamax KILLED my aunt!!! This death drug needs to be pulled from the shelves. Fosamax started to swell my aunts ankles, the swelling then went all the way up to her knees (3 plus pitting edema) this was 2 months into taking the medicine. The doctor told her that this could be normal so she continued with the Fosamax and elevated her legs, stayed hydrated and started Lasix. Nothing changed in her legs, still swelling she developed an orange tint to the color of her skin and started having black tarry profusely bloody stools, then she started throwing up very very large amounts of blood. She had gotten Hepatitis c, esophageal varices, congestive heart failure, and cirrhosis from this. It was to late to reverse the damage at 7-8 weeks after starting the medicine. She had NO underlying health conditions and was on NO other medications.. Pure, Plain, and simple Fosamax KILLED my aunt!!! This death drug needs to be pulled from the shelves. F 65 3 months
70 1X W
8/23/2013
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 4  Osteoporosis/hyperparathyroidism No side affects. Feel good on it. I hope everyone with osteoporosis asks their doc to do a calcium and parathyroid blood test (done at the same time) to determine whether their osteoporosis is caused by hyperparathyroidism. This is usually caused by ae small not cancerous growth on the parathyroid (not thyroid) gland. When removed , the osteoporosis is usually reversed. F 73 4 months
70 1X W
6/20/2013
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 3  Osteoarthritis So far no side effects. The first week I start taking the Fosamax I started to feel less pain then I started to do some brisk walking for less than an hour and realize all the stiffness in my joints was gone. Now I will just feel like 1% of stiffness now and then. I take the medication the right way it should be taken along with vitamin D & Calcium and my other regular vitamins including herbal liquid supp. In the morning when I take my first few steps I will be in pain for like a minute then it will go away. Not trying to visit my dentist no time soon just proper oral hygiene and I should be fine. I will update on my progression. F 36 3 weeks
70
6/12/2013
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 1  osteoporosis in left hip stomach pain, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, general fatigue, swelling of ankles, inability to stand or walk for more than 25 minutes. I have stopped taking it. I think it is a very dangerous drug. F 59 6 months
70mg 1X W
6/4/2013
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 1  Osteopenia Severe joint and muscle pain. Almost debilitating. Unable to sleep. Will not take again under any circumstances. I was a fool to take it a second time. M 62 2 weeks
70 MG 1X W
6/4/2013
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 3  Osteoporosis/hyperparathyroidism Mild flu like symptoms (tired,chills) I believe everyone diagnosed with osteopenia/osteoporosis should ask their dr to do calcium and parathyroid test on their blood. See the website www.parathyroid.com. Hyperparathyroidism (not thyroid) can cause osteoporosis, but is somewhat reversible after a simple operation to remove the dysfunctional parathyroid gland. parathyroid.com website explains it clearly and how it causes osteoporosis in some people. F 72 2 months
70 mg/wk 1X W
4/15/2013

 1  Osteoperosis diarrhea and stomach problems I took Fosamax and it's generic for a period of ten years. I have had stomach problems on and off for many of those years. I stopped taking after discussing it with my oral surgeon 4 and a half months ago. I never thought it was causing my stomach problems, but they are starting to subside now. I don't think I will ever take it again. I will cope with post menopausal issues with vitamins for now on. F 57 10 years
20 1X W
3/22/2013

 1  Osteoporosis DON'T TAKE THIS DRUG! MY MOTHER WENT FROM A HEALTHY 68 YEAR OLD WOMAN TO AN INVALID IN A WHEEL CHAIR WHO HAD SEVERED LEG PAIN. SHE COULDN'T WALK AND BECAME SO WEAK SHE DIED. THE ONLY DRUG SHE TOOK WAS THIS POISON WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP WITH THE PROBLEM IT ACTUALLY MADE WORSE. IT TOOK MY MOTHER FROM ME. IT KILLED HER. GET OFF IT BEFORE IT KILLS YOU ! F 72 4 days
3/13/2013
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 1  osteop Just read these comments. Is there any question this stuff is pure poison??? Boy am I glad I refused it. F 59 0 days
70 mg 1X D
3/1/2013

 1  Osteoporosis I took my first dose of Generic Fosamax (Aldendronate 70 mg) at 8am on February 15. I felt a little light-headed that morning but ignored it. The following day I felt like I had been in a car accident- every bone and joint hurt severely. A week later I still felt a lot of pain and was taking Ibuprofen around the clock. I called my doctor who told me to stop the pill and wait two weeks and try again. Well, I took one tablet yesterday and today everything hurts worse again. No more for me. The pain has been constant since my first pill. F 64 2 weeks
70mg 1X W
2/28/2013
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 1  bone density -- osteoporosis I took the first pill on a Friday morning -- 70 mg of Alendronate Sodium (generic Fosamax). On Saturday I began experiencing severe lower back pain. It was the worse back pain I have ever experienced. I could hardly get up from a sitting position. I have a high pain threshold, but this brought me to my knees and had me in tears. On Sunday I still had back pain with occasional back spasms. I am praying the pain goes away by the end of the week. I will not be taking this medicine again. The side effects after one dose are horrible -- I can only imagine what would happen if I continued taking Fosamax or any generic version. F 58 1 days
70 mg 1X W
2/24/2013

 1  bone density A-Fib I used to have perfect health until I started on the Fosamax. Then I was diagnosed with A-Fib 3 years ago and have been going down hill ever since. I'm scheduled to see an electrophysicist to have my heart cauterized since medications have not worked. Just stopped the Fosamax today. Hopefully I'll get my life back. F 77 4 years
not sure 1X D
2/14/2013
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 1  Dr recommend Was given this med over fives years ago. From the beginning I had severe GI problems. I stopped the meds after a couple of months. I have persistant pain and numbness in arms, hands, legs and feet. I have been to numerous doctors and have been out of work for a year now. No relief in sight. I can't get any of the doctors to even admit that this drug may have caused my problems. I'm happy to know I'm not the only one with these problems. I just wish someone would find a cure so I can get back to living. F 53 2 months
70 mg
1/22/2013

 1  osteoporosis I felt like I had been hit with a baseball bat by my left hip,it hurt so bad. I was limping from the pain. Next, my right thigh started feeling the same type of pain. Then the left side of my jaw started hurting so I just quit taking it. There's no way I'm going to have my jawbone eaten away or have my femur fracture. Having the above side effects made me think it could be precisely the beginning of those two horrible conditions. F 56 8 months
70 1X W
1/18/2013

 1  OSTEOPOROSIS seemed not to get bett After reading Fosamax made bones more brittle, I quit taking. Not sure the other pain I was having when taking it was related, but some of my hip, knee and shoulder pain has lessened. I am still taking the low dose diuretic prescribed to go with Fosamax and think I should probably stop it. F 75 3 months
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12/14/2012
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 1  osteoporosis I was taking fosamax however I started to get pain in my hips my legs by body ached all over , I felt very tired and nausea. I decided to stop the drug and my doctor told me to try using a weight vest instead of the drug he suggested the vest made by NYKNYC which is made for women with osteoporosis so I am now doing the weight bearing exercise and no more fosamax . Since I stopped the fosamax I am feeling better and since I have started with my nyknyc vest I feel so strong and I feel like my bones are getting better! Try the nyk vest instead of this drug fosamax. The vest is cute and it works! I stopped taking the fosamax and instead I got a weight vest for osteoporosis which i wear each day when walking and my doctor said the bones are getting stronger since I started the weight walking with my vest which is made by nyk for women with osteoporosis F 63 6 months
20 1X M
11/8/2012
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 3  Osteopenia Left hip pain, left shoulder pain, shooting jaw pain, popping joints I am posting this note because I have had some success remedying the long term joint pain problems many of you discussed. After taking Fosamax for 7 years with no problems, I took a single generic pill in October, 2011. In a few hours I had nearly all the side effects listed in the other postings, hip pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, popping joints, soreness on balls of feet. I had been completely pain free before this. I stopped the Fosamax immediately and most of the symptoms subsided over a couple of months. However, the posterior hip continued to hurt with every step, and the shoulder pain continued. For ten months there was no improvement. Besides Fosamax, I had also been taking Lipitor for five years. Since Lipitor is known to cause muscle/joint pain, and since Lipitor affects the same cellular metabolic mevalonate pathway as does Fosamax, I thought I would try discontinuing Lipitor for a while. While not completely gone, the hip and the shoulder improved significantly within weeks. Do approach this cautiously, since you must be on Lipitor for some cardiovascular reason, and your cardiovascular benefits of Lipitor must be weighed in. F 65 7 years
35 mg 1X W
10/15/2012

 1  osteoporosis dry mouth and sore stomachs headaches joint pain especially in back and right hip. 2 years after taking Fosomax I still have the aches plus some. I was on it for 18 months before my Dr wrote to me and advised me to stop taking Calcium. I queried it but apparently was because of possible stroke. 3 weeks later I developed jaw ache and found it tiresome eating so in Nov 2010 my wife searched for side effects and found out not only can you get Osteonecrosis (Jaw Death) that Dentists in USA refused to treat patients on Fosomax but also a woman had cracked her femur. It was another month before I plucked up the courage to stop taking this drug. Hope is everything with this disease but to have that shattered? Only to find out that my Hiatus Hernia diagnosed after heavy boating and aching of stomach thru a top and tail and never put two and two together. So many others are saying the same thing but to do more research into this terrible drug gets even more scarier. A few months ago I once again developed jaw ache after stopping Phyto Estrogens to stave off Osteo; and realised that ww are dealing with the worst drug ever designed by man bar Cigarettes. It has not left my system!!! And reading about Oestroclasts being destryed too????!!!! I am in big trouble. If I could just get a decent sleep from aching back and hip and stomach ache I might feel atleast a little better. Is there an Antidope for Fosomax? The better be working on it!!! M 56 2 years
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9/17/2012

 1  osteoarthritis I took my first pill this morning. Had horrible diarhea and stomach pain. After reading the other reviews; I agree with one of the other women I bet my grandmother didn't take this! I will not be taking this again I will take my chances. F 57 1 days
70mg
8/18/2012

 1  osteopenia Jaw pain, dry mouth, hip and knee pain I started this in November 2011 and took my last pill on July 13,2012. After 7 months I began getting pain in my right jaw, then both sides of jaw. I stopped medicine after a few more weeks and within a week I began having a dry mouth. I have never had this and it is very distressing as I have to keep sipping water to chew my food. The jaw pain is 95% gone now and the mouth is slightly improved after a month off the pills. I now wonder if my recent right hip pain is from this medicine too. I hope so and that it will fade. I know the knees will continue to hurt but maybe that will lessen. F 62 8 months
35mg 1X W
8/17/2012
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 1  Osteoporosis I just took my first pill this morning and by 6 pm I started having diarrhea, It doesnt stop. After reading all the other comments, I just hope I wont get any worse. I will not take this pill again. Im sure my grandmother never took this. F 50 1 days
70 mg 1X W
7/16/2012

 1  osteoporosis metallic taste in mouth, painful teeth, headache, diarrhea, pain in chest, asthma-like breathing, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, panic attacks, twitching muscles, low electrolytes (blood calcium) I had stopped taking this, but my insurance (BC/BS) sent a letter that I HAD to continue or see doctor. I couldn't get off work, so went back on meds. Symptoms only got worse. EXTREME FLU symptoms after first week. I had to have an (unrelated) colonoscopy at the end of the week. Combination of this and Osmoprep put me in the hospital for 2 days with low electrolytes and heart problems. (This is hind-sight. I didn't know they could cause this prob at the time.) I am a soccer referee who can hardly walk down the block now without getting winded and the pain in my teeth/taste are unbearable. Had x-rays done for possible pneumonia/pleurisy. I've been off for a week and symptoms persist! F 48 3 months
70 1X W
6/26/2012
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 2   In researching my symptoms on the Internet, now I am realizing that Fosamax and Allendronate are probably the cause of my problems. I have been having pain in my upper left leg and am waiting to hear about my dexa-scan results. In addition, 2 years ago I was immediately taken off the Allendronate when I had chest pains. It was not cardiovascular but rather I found I had Barrett's disease (pre-cancerous condition of the esophagus). I attribute this to the caustic nature of both Fosamax and Allendronate. I never did get any indication that the drugs improved my osteopenia.! F 67 8 years
70 MG 1X W
6/21/2012

 3  Osteoporosis I was taking Actonel for 4 years, then switched to Alendronate for 4 years. I experienced no side effects while taking either of these medications. In fact, it brought my numbers up to where my doctor told me I could stop the medication. However, I've been experiencing horrible muscle/joint/bone practically from head to toe pain since stopping and I'm convinced it is from the Alendronate (Foxamax). I went from a very active, 57 year old to feeling like I had been run over by a truck after stopping the Alendronate. It didn't happen right away - it took weeks before I started experiencing this horrific pain. I did call my doctor to see if this could possibly be side effects from stopping the medication, but he said he'd only heard of people having these symptoms while on the medication. I've started researching this on the Internet and have found a few people that are experiencing what I have after stopping Alendronate. This has been going on for over a month now and I'm wondering how much longer I will be in this kind of pain. I have found a little relief in taking Ibuprofen - 800 mg. 2x/day, but am not happy about having to take medication to "fix" the pain from having taken Alendronate. I've been off the Alendronate since April 10, 2012 and it is June 10, 2012. The pain started approx. 1 month after discontinuing use of the Alendronate and has now continued for the past 2 months straight. I'm wondering if anyone has been on this medication and stopped, then began to have symptoms like I have and, if so, how long before the pain subsided (if at all)? I am absolutely miserable with this pain and am hoping it goes away soon. I feel like I went from a pain free person to an invalid in such a short period of time. F 57 4 years
70 mg 1X W
6/10/2012
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 1  OSTEOPENIA MODERATE MUSCLE PAIN. LOW BACK MID BACK, UPPER BACK. DIZZINESS, SKIN RASH. INCREASED HEADACHES. I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THIS DRUG. iT TOOK ME AWHILE TO FIGURE OUT WHY i WAS FEELING SO BAD. I AM RECOVERING FROM BACK SURGERY AND JUST STARTING TO FEEL BETTER , THEN STARTED FOSAMAX TWO MONTHS AGO AND STARTED GOING DOWN HILL WITH INCREASED PAIN. I FINALLY REALIZED IT WAS THE FOSAMAX MAKING ME FEEL WORSE. I STOPPED IT AND I AM SURE IN SEVERAL DAYS I WILL IMPROVE. F 69 2 months
70MG 1X W
5/13/2012

 1  Osteoporosis I can't remember the daily dosage. Just to report that I sustained a stress fracture in my left femur and my orthopedic dr. said it probably was due to taking Fosamax for two years. Please beware of the risks. When they say a side effect can be fractures, they are not kidding. My RA dr. switched me to another drug (Forteo) for two years, which seemed to help heal the femur fracture. Haven't had fractures since getting off Fosamax. F 62 2 years
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5/4/2012
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 1  Doctor recommended I take herbs, fish oil, and vitamins. Haveing a good diet, with alot of vegtables high in calcium, and also eating fish is good as well. Exercise daily, being out in the sun is also good, as well. I also take tums, as they are rich in calcium. F 58 0 days
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4/19/2012

 1  Osteopenia Did not notice any effects the first week but after taking the third pill I was beginning to put two and two together and I attribute my rapid onset of moderate to severe muscle and skeletal pain to Fosamax as I did NOT have these symptoms before. I also have pain in my feet. Before taking Fosamax I could go to the gym but now I have trouble standing and doing tasks around the house for any length of time. I too feel suddenly old...I only hope that I stopped taing it in time for it all to just go away...I am going to try natural methods after this experience. F 53 21 days
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4/18/2012
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 1  Osteopenia SEVERE pain in right hip that radiates to thigh, calf, under the knee, and buttock. Can no longer shop more than about 10 minutes and then can barely get into car because of the pain in the hip. I took Fosamax for three years (as prescribed by my gynocologist) & never associated the pain with the med. As I look back, the hip & associated pain gradually increased over time. My bone density tests were not showing improvement--actually getting worse (& I have done weight-bearing exercise 5 days/wk for 8 yrs & take calcium and Vitamin D). My primary care dr told me last yr to get off the medicine because it's bad for you so I did in May 2011. My hip still was extremely painful. I went to an orthopedic dr who said I had bursitis & sent me to physical therapy. It got worse. I had two cortisone shots in my hip--no relief. I went to Mayo Clinic to have it diagnosed. The dr there said I had no signs of arthritis & he wished he had an MRI that looked as good as mine. He could not figure out the cause of my pain and scheduled me for an injection guided by ultrasound to try to relieve the pain. Before I went in for the injection, my pain miraculously stopped (Oct, 2011). Then I went to my gynocologist for a wellness exam in Oct who said I was 0.1 away from osteoporosis & needed to get back on the medication. She prescribed a new one--Altevia. I resisted taking it until last wk (Mar, 2012) when I became worried about the risks of osteoporosis and took the first pill. That night, the hip pain was back as bad as ever & it's now a week later & the pain is getting worse. I finally have made the connection between the drug and the p F 59 5 years
70 mg 1X W
4/2/2012

 1  osteoporosis i experienced tenderness and swelling of hands and feet. This led to hand contractures and shoulder/neck pain. I was diagnosed with scleroderma 8 months after stopping Fosamax. F 59 30 days
70 mg 1X W
3/30/2012
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 1  osteoporosis excruciating heartburn, trouble swallowing, change in taste, heart palpitations, body aches, increased blood pressure. I am so done with osteoporosis meds. Even though I only took this for 4 weeks and haven't taken it for 2; I still have all of these side effects; at this point I would rather have a broken hip than deal with all this(ok not really but you know what I mean) I was previously on Boniva and had no issue with it until after I had my gall bladder out-then it caused heartburn too. I took myself off the fosamax, I'm taking a good calcium supplement, have increased my exercise. F 47 4 weeks
70mg 1X W
3/15/2012
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 1  for osteosporosis I posted back on 3/2/10 with horrible side effects and severe pain in my ankles, feet knees hips, shoulder, ribs and back. I also had shortness of breathe, swelling of the ankles feet and legs along with headaches last year the pain in my shoulder was getting worse and the Dr. sent me for an MRI...my shoulder was diagnosed with a fracture. In November of 2011 I was sitting on my bed, I went to get up and my leg gave way resulting in a fractured femur bone. I was rushed to the hospital and had emergency surgery. I am now pieced together with 2 metal rods and 10 pins. It has been 4 months since my surgery and I am still immobile in a hospital bed at home because the Dr. says my bone growth is too slow. He is now getting me a machine to use which it is supposed to accelerate bone growth. I still remain with most of the pain I described. This has been like a never ending nightmare for me. M 55 6 months
70mg 1X W
2/25/2012
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 1  bone loss I took my first one yesterday. I woke up in the middle of the night and felt as if a bomb had gone off in my body. My stomach was on fire, and my legs. My head hurts to the point, I can hardly walk. My eyes hurt. My hand hurts. My groin hurts as well as my thigh. I am flushed and feel like I have the flu but no symptoms of flu or cold. Just miserable. My chest is tight as well. I woke up with sores in my mouth or developing. I couldn't work today...hope to tomorrow. I'm never taking this drug again...EVER! This drug should be pulled. I am grateful for all these honest testimonies. I am glad I only took one...hopefully I'll recover by tomorrow. F 67 1 days
not sure.. 1X W
2/20/2012
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 1  osteopenia nausea, burning in esophagus, lightheadedness/dizziness, joint pain Symptoms worsened with time. After 6 weeks, was so dizzy, I thought it dangerous that I might fall and therefore was more of a risk factor than the osteopenia itself. Also, corresponding to when I began Fosamax, my repetitive motion stress injuries in wrists flared the worst in 20 years. Is there a correlation? Took a good 10 days for dizziness and nausea to clear my system after stoping Fosamax. My wrists began to improve signifcantly after stopping this drug. F 60 6 weeks
70 mg 1X W
1/19/2012
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 1  Oseoporosis On the evening of the first day I took the drug, I gradually developed severe lower back pain. Also tightness across chest. Aches moving up back into back ribs. Wrists and overall join ache. Slight nausea. Full feeling in chest/diaphram area. This continued with slight easing off each day for 4 days plus. I am a pretty pain tolereant person, but this was nearly as severe as labor pains of child birth without medication (which I have done). My Dr. says not related to the drug, that I must have pulled muscles in my back. Told me to take pain relievers and lay on a heating pad. Husband mentioned my condition to a friend that is also a Dr. and he immediately new it was the Alendronate Sodium and said STOP taking it. The side effects in the pharmacy leaflet mentions "increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain". I'll say! I will NOT be taking this again! F 56 1 weeks
70 mg 1X W
12/30/2011
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 1  ostio trouble swallowing ,diarrhea,stomach pain,loss of taste ,walking has worsened,ankle swelling ,,joint pain,heart raceing F 69 3 years
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12/26/2011

 1  Osteoporosis Severe diarrhea! I have never had such violent diarrhea in my life. Even after 2 Immodium tablets, I was still having episodes of diarrhea, totalling over 30 in one day! I will never take this medication again. F 45 2 weeks
70 MG 1X W
12/21/2011
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 1  osteoporosis, osteopenia diarrhea, extreme headache, fatigue & exhaustion, leg pain bloating, gas, upper tooth veneer cracked up. Woke up spitting out pieces of my tooth! First time I took this drug I got severe diarrhea. After week 2 the veneer of one of my teeth sheered off. I woke up with crumbled bits of tooth in my mouth. My dentist advised me to STOP taking the drug. After my dental visit, I threw the other 2 pills in the trash. I am now realizing ALL the other symptoms I was having are due to this same medicine: headaches, exhaustion... I'm done with this! F 58 2 weeks
70 mg 1X W
12/10/2011
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 1  To increase bone mass (OP) After only 3 months of once a week doses I started having severe jaw pain. I stopped immediately but the pain in my upper and lower jaw (right side) is daily getting worse. Eating, talking, brushing teeth and impact movements such as walking all exacerbate the pain. Tylenol & ibuprofen make it only slightly bearable. It has negatively impacted my life in a debilitating way. F 47 3 months
30mg/wk
11/29/2011
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