Fosamax is in the group of medicines called bisphosphonates (bis FOS fo nayts). It alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. Fosamax slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.

Fosamax is used to treat or prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis and steroid-induced osteoporosis. It is also used to treat Pagets disease of bone.

Fosamax may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Do not take a Fosamax tablet if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes. Fosamax can cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). You will need to stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication. Take the Fosamax tablet first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything or take any other medicine.


Fosamax Discussions

  1. link Iowacarguy
    A year of eye problems from fosamax
    A year ago I took a fosamax pill and the next day my shoulder hurt. The next week I took another pill. The next day all of my joints hurt. I could har - 80% more...
    Iowacarguy- over a year ago - in Fosamax
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    Skin reactions
    I have been on Fosamax about 6 years. In the years since I began taking it I have had dry skin thought psoriasis, outbreaks of pimple type bumps on th - 79% more...
    Barb2towell- over a year ago - in Fosamax
  3. link Csutton
    Fosamax constant diarrhea, reading glasses, vision problems, peeling, nails
    I was recently prescribed Fosamax. After taking only 5 doses I have lost more than a 3rd of my hair, have vision problems requiring reading glasses, c - 28% more...
    Csutton- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Fosamax
  4. link Kathtycc1
    Fosamax pain in left leg, jaw bone, chest pains, knee pain, dentist
    I have knee pain in left leg when going up and down stairs after two years of taking this drug,. I choke when I eat at lunch and dinner and when I dri - 72% more...
    Kathtycc1- over a year ago - in Fosamax
  5. link Marieharv
    Fosamax occasional bouts, stress fracture, shoulder syndrome, side effects of drugs, effects of drugs
    Started taking 5 months ago and started to experience severe hair loss 6 weeks ago. Also had what my orthopedic surgeon told me was frozen shoulder sy - 79% more...
    Marieharv- over a year ago - in Fosamax
  6. link Scarlett67
    Fosamax muscle cramps, muscle pain, shins, ankles, march 1
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    Fosamax kidney function, joint pain, hips, good luck, dairy myth
    I have been taking Fosamax for over five years, once weekly. Just recently, I have had very achy hips and joint pain. I also bruise terribly and it se - 71% more...
    Kristinehasto- over a year ago - 1 Reply - in Fosamax
  8. link Haywired
    seven years
    After seven years of taking Fosamax, my wife had a bone density scan, only to learn she had a 15% LOSS in density. How could it be? Has it happened be - 24% more...
    Haywired- over a year ago - in Fosamax
  9. link Dakotamoon
    Fosamax causes of jaw pain, side effects of fosamax, headaches and dizziness, strange sensations, water pill
    My GYN prescribed fosamax 5 months ago due to my bone scans over the past few years continuing to show bone loss. I am 62, very active, play tennis se - 87% more...
    Dakotamoon- over a year ago - 2 Replies - in Fosamax
  10. link Gail1234
    Fosamax massage therapists, neck collar, spending my time, osteopenia, collar bone
    At 54 years of age I took Fosamax for 4 months (one tab, once a week, 70 Mg) after being diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoarthritis in the spine. I - 85% more...
    Gail1234- over a year ago - 2 Replies - in Fosamax
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