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Fosamax one a week

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Davros · 21/04/2005 08:52

Does anyone else take this? I've just been given it and I'm putting off thinking about it by pretending I'm making a decision about what day of the week would be best. But, does anyone have any advice on what day to take it? I think weekends and Monday would be a bad idea as lack of routine and chaos at start of week. I suppose I don't really want to take it but I'll have to

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suedonim · 21/04/2005 09:47

Is that an anti-osteoporosis medication? Istr that you need to stay upright for at least half an hour afterwards so I guess planning a time when that's likely to happen would be best, perhaps when you'll be doing something you enjoy.

Davros · 21/04/2005 10:10

Yes, that lets out during sex on both counts

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noddyholder · 21/04/2005 10:29

my doctors are talking about giving me this as I have been on steroids for years and my bones are thinning Can you tell me what it is and if it has side effects as I am on enough medicines with side effects as it is XX

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Davros · 21/04/2005 17:52

Same reason for me Noddyholder. I haven't got bone thinning yet but they want me to take it now to "plan ahead" and I really thought they were going to take me off the steroids and discharge me in Jan, now they 10x the dose
I didn't ask about side effects (doh) but I'll have a look at the packet. They also gave me some jumbo pills to chew/suck at night which I think have Vit D and are related to bone health. I'll have a look at those too and get back to you. How long have you been on steroids? I've been on them for about 8 years now which they think is no time at all but is a life time to me.

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noddyholder · 22/04/2005 07:22

I have been on them 20 years !!I had my 1st kidney in 1985 and 2nd in 2000 and have been on them all along.I am on vit d supplements and am due a bone scan in a month to check again I hate taking them What do you take them for?Don't answer if I'm too nosey!

Davros · 22/04/2005 13:36

I've got an auto-immune disease called Scleroderma which affects your lungs and skin.
I was reading the side effects of Fosamax last night and Dh forbade me to take it
It basically says that side effects are very rare. I suppose you'd take it and see if you get them, I'll probably start next week now. Side effects can be:

  • gastric/digestive "disturbances"! But it says can be due to not drinking full glass of water or staying upright
  • bone, muscle or joint pain
  • abdominal pain, bloating, consitpation, diarrhoea, flatulence (!)
  • rash, itching, eye pain
  • allergic reaction
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