Generally known as Fosomax, alendronic acid has been used for holding off further calcium depletion after osteoporosis has been spotted for quite some time. I took it for a while without side effects, but had a hard time remembering it.
There is also a once-a-month version as well as an IV shot that I think lasts 3 months (both of these have different names). I haven't had side effects from either of those.
Am not taking either anymore after making sure I'm doing some weight-bearing exercise, eating lots of calcium, taking a calcium supplement, and no longer taking the calcium-depleting prednisone. And having subsequent bone scans that show calcium levels are increasing -- no longer decreasing.
I hope you have similar positive results.
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 1/31/2012 6:56:25 PM (GMT-7)