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Osteoporosis

What is `Prolonged` Use of Fosamax?

02/05/2007

Question:

I stopped using Fosomax after 2 years because of the reported side effects. Fosomax did improve my bone density significantly. I have osteopena in my hips. I now have jaw pain. However, I did try wearing a dental appliance to correct sleep apnea, and the jaw pain occurred after that trial. Are there statistics or guidelines as to what "prolonged" use of Fosomax means? I used it for about 2 years.

Answer:

There is no consensus on what constitutes long-term use of Fosamax, but most people would say far longer than 2 years.  Their follow-up data out to 10 years appeared to be very safe.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati