Several years ago, my wife was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis. This is a terrible illness that is, unfortunately, an illness that compromises the immune system. This ailment can attack and destroy bone density as a condition called osteoporosis. Further, as women get older and post-menopausal, it is doubly important to protect their bone density and guard against bone damage from age, and, in my wife’s case, rheumatoid arthritis (especially when they are post-menopausal).
A medication which is often used to aid in bone density is Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium). This is a medication that works well with other medications and only needs to be taken, usually, on a weekly basis, although, some people are required to take it daily.
Fosamax side effects tend to be in the gastrointestinal system. One Fosamax side effect is esophageal reflux. Another Fosamax side effect is gastritis as well as bloating.
Fosamax side effects are more frequent when the drug is taken daily (significantly), and Fosamax side effects differ between men and women.
Men will tend to have problems such as gas, diarrhea and acid regurgitation, in fact, all symptoms or Fosamax side effects for men will be more acidic with more severe burning.
The Fosamax side effects that my wife experienced, as do many women, can be the same but will be more along the cramping line; not quite as severe although it varies person to person no matter what your gender.
As with many medications water and food are important prior to ingestion and it is important to try and create a pattern of regularity of taking the medicine.
More severe Fosamax side effects that my wife did not suffer but we were told to look for were vertigo, sensitivity to light and skin rash such as hives.
As I indicated earlier, Fosamax doesn’t really have drug interactions, or, Fosamax side effects from drug interactions, rather, calcium supplements, mediations and antacids can interfere with absorption of Fosamax.
Fosamax is often used just for protection against bone weakening and aging, however, besides rheumatoid arthritis and any immune disorder, an illness that is also conducive to the use of Foxamax is Paget’s Disease.
One other thing that someone being treated with Fosamax should remember to avoid Fosamax side effects is not to lie down for at least 20 minutes after taking the medication.
Overall, my wife’s experience was and has continued to be very, very positive with Fosamax. Most of the Fosamax side effects left as she became used to it and, the fact that she has to take many medications makes Fosamax a great medication since it works well with other drugs.