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Personal stories about taking bisphosphonate medications for osteoporosis

These stories are based on information gathered from health professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health decisions.

Clarissa, age 60: I was taking hormone therapy for osteoporosis but decided to quit after reading about the risks. I decided to try bisphosphonate medications to protect against osteoporosis. I have small bones like my mother, and she suffered terribly in her old age from a collapsed spine.

Joy, age 49: I have terrible hot flashes. Taking hormones has saved my sanity. I guess I'll continue to take them for a few more years. In the meantime, my doctor tells me that I won't need to take other medications to prevent osteoporosis.

Jaime, age 71: I broke my hip when I fell in the bathroom. My doctor says I have osteoporosis and that I should take medication to prevent more broken bones. I guess I better take it.

Brenda, age 65: I tried taking Fosamax (a bisphosphonate medication) for osteoporosis, but it gives me terrible heartburn no matter how careful I am taking it. I'm going to ask my doctor for something else.

Author Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH
Editor Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Associate Editor Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Updated November 21, 2008

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Last Updated: November 21, 2008
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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