Years of Severe GERD, Now I've Been Prescribed Fosamax for Osteoproosis!

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 11/22/2005 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had severe acid reflux for years, which seems to get worse all the time. For the last few years, I have had the feeling of a lump in my throat also, and I'm on Prevacid and Reglan to ease the symptoms. I've just been diagnosed with Osteoporosis (it just keeps gettin' better and better around here), and the doctor prescribed Fosamax. I looked it up on the internet, and people with disorders of the esophagus or difficulty swallowing are not supposed to take this. I asked the pharmacist and he said it might not be a good idea. When I asked my gastro doc, he said it is fine to take it.
Is anyone else with GERD taking this drug? Any help is appreciated!
Thanks confused

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   Posted 11/25/2005 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea, my grandmother was prescribed this, too and the doctor told her to go ahead and start taking Nexium, too, to combat the acid reflux that it was going to cause her. She didn't even have any stomach problems before she started taking it. So, it must do some damage. If I had GERD already, I would talk to your doctor about DOUBLING up on the Prevacid or something because it will probably make the acid reflux worse. I don't know......
Good Luck! Just wanted to share my grandma's experience!!
Michelle :)

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   Posted 11/29/2005 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
   I've heard that Fosamax can possibly make your GERD worse, but the most important thing is that you don't lie down for 30 minutes after you take it.  Supposedly, it's much more irritating than other meds, and it could really give you some esophogitis.  Good luck.

Steve J
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   Posted 12/13/2005 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you drink milk or eat other high calcium foods such as broccoli etc.? I think this would help your bones. Also exercise is good too if you can do it. I'm not familiar with 'fosamax'. And you may want to see another DR. just to be sure.

plein aire
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   Posted 12/22/2005 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had GERD for more than 20 yrs & have been taking Fosamax for 3 yrs with no problems at all, following directions exactly. My new internist thinks that mixing GERD and fosamax can result in long term problems and took me off it. I'm supposed to start taking a similar drug in Jan that is taken daily.
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