Actonel

Posted by detc @detc, 4 days ago

I’m about to start taking Actonel for osteoporosis. Does anyone have input regarding taking it weekly vs monthly? Do you know if one is tolerated better than the other? Thank you.

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I took Actonel for 10 years before the FDA said that it causes bone problems if taken that long. I started taking it first as a daily tablet, then the weekly, then monthly. I found that with each type I had joint pain that I managed with exercise. I think the monthly bothered my stomach to a point that I developed Barrett's esophagus. Maximum time on this drug has been reduced to 3 to 5 years. All these osteoporosis medications have side effects, but be sure to ask questions of your doctor before you commit to taking one. Best wishes for good health.

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@me49

I took Actonel for 10 years before the FDA said that it causes bone problems if taken that long. I started taking it first as a daily tablet, then the weekly, then monthly. I found that with each type I had joint pain that I managed with exercise. I think the monthly bothered my stomach to a point that I developed Barrett's esophagus. Maximum time on this drug has been reduced to 3 to 5 years. All these osteoporosis medications have side effects, but be sure to ask questions of your doctor before you commit to taking one. Best wishes for good health.

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Thank you for your input and good health wishes.

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DETC. I took Actonel weekly for approximately 8 years before a new doctor said I should be taking a drug holiday after 5 years. ( I stopped in 2013.) I did not have any problems with this drug but did not go back on it as I was focused on other health issues. I did not have another DEXA until May 2021 when I learned that I had a big drop in bone density, as low as -5.2. I am now (still) trying to decide which anabolic to take. It has been a difficult decision. Fortunately, I have not had a bone break despite a major fall, but I worry about it daily.
My best to you for good health.

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@kolika

DETC. I took Actonel weekly for approximately 8 years before a new doctor said I should be taking a drug holiday after 5 years. ( I stopped in 2013.) I did not have any problems with this drug but did not go back on it as I was focused on other health issues. I did not have another DEXA until May 2021 when I learned that I had a big drop in bone density, as low as -5.2. I am now (still) trying to decide which anabolic to take. It has been a difficult decision. Fortunately, I have not had a bone break despite a major fall, but I worry about it daily.
My best to you for good health.

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Kolika,
Thank you for sharing your experience with Actonel. My rheumatologist has made me aware of the drug holiday.
I’m sorry to hear about your health issues and the worsening of your bone density. I’m glad that you didn’t have bone issues with your fall. I understand how scary it is when we have to consider medications that have the potential for serious, adverse side effects vs the risk of not taking medications that can be completely beneficial. I guess we just need to do our own research and reach out to medical professionals and patients who have similar situations and determine what we hope will be the best possible decision. Good luck to you in finding a resolution.

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@detc

Kolika,
Thank you for sharing your experience with Actonel. My rheumatologist has made me aware of the drug holiday.
I’m sorry to hear about your health issues and the worsening of your bone density. I’m glad that you didn’t have bone issues with your fall. I understand how scary it is when we have to consider medications that have the potential for serious, adverse side effects vs the risk of not taking medications that can be completely beneficial. I guess we just need to do our own research and reach out to medical professionals and patients who have similar situations and determine what we hope will be the best possible decision. Good luck to you in finding a resolution.

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DETC, You're welcome and thank you!

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