By the way, doctor: Should I continue to take Fosamax?

Published: February, 2008

Q. I've taken Fosamax for 11 years. My bone density has improved. One doctor I consulted told me to continue taking it, but another said it would be dangerous to do so. What should I do?

A. Alendronate (Fosamax) is a bisphosphonate, the first type of drug used by doctors to treat osteoporosis, an age-related condition that makes bone brittle and more likely to break. There's no doubt that alendronate builds bone strength and reduces bone fractures when taken for up to five years.

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