To start generic Fosamax soon and very concerned!

Posted by pattitoo @pattitoo, Apr 28, 2019

What can anyone share about their Osteoporosis meds……I have consulted with 2 Orthopods, GP, Dentist and Chiropractor. All feel I should try the med.
I am reluctant for some reason, know several that took one dose of their med and had side affects. I was going to start tomorrow morning, Have some busy weeks, in a quandary to say the least.
All 4 DEXA scans were requested by me, only the last one is in the Osteoporosis level.– 2019 T SCORE -2.7 –in 2014 was -2.3 (what are Z scores?)
Z scores show also.
Please share your experiences with us if you want, the information will be helpful and appreciated by all..
For several years I have taken Vitamin D and Calcium.
I am almost 77 and live alone.. My weight is good, lost less that one inch in height.
Doing my best to be optimistic.
Thanking each of you for input you care to share.

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Hi Patitoo,
I too started Fosamax this first quarter and have experienced gastrointestinal side effects, heartburn, upset stomach and general overall malaise. So, I only took it for about six weeks. My doctor then switched me to ProLia by injection every six months. I filled the script and put the Prolia in the refrigerator as instructed. I then did some more research and read the extensive list of side effects reported by other users.It was then that I spoke with my sister, a natural medicine Shamen. She recommended trying a combination of vitamin d3 5000 iu, Juvenente, Strontium caps 750 mg,, and Bone Up brand calcium compound 5000 mg until my next DEXA Scan in September. So, that's what I doing now.If I don't have a significant improvement by then, I will reconsider the Prolia solution, ProLia keeps in the refrigerator for about two years so it will still be usable until the Fall. It's about a 65 dollar copay on my insurance, but at twice a year its not too bad. I hope it proves effective as the list side effect is daunting.
Good luck with whatever path you choose,


Thank you for your reply, I feel confused on the meds, have read about most of them, I am taking D3 and Tums , seems most of the Calcium on the shelf were the Calcium that is in Tums. What form of Calcium is in Bone Up? Wonder is some Generics are better than others. I followed the directions this am, did sit after the tablet, put pillows behind me so I would be sitting straight. Drank water and after a few hours I could taste the med for some reason, the taste went away, I swallowed the tablet, . We must do what we can. Your cost for Prolia seems reasonable for non-generic, I did not realize it was only taken 2 times a year. There is one injectiable "bone" med, I was told, that is over $1,000 a year, you get just one injection a year. I got a 90 day supply of my Generic Fosamax at COSTCO (3 boxes of 4 Tablets) Very reasonable too, will look for my paperwork and post the price.
Maybe some others will add comments for all of us. I really need others' experiences, good or bad, on these meds.
I did read last night that if you take iron NOT to take with some of the meds, assume you wait a few hours. No Aspirin.,

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