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Stop Taking Osteoporosis Drugs? It’s Never Too Late

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You may already know that bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva, and others, are a very unattractive option if you want to have strong, flexible and healthy bones.

But what if you’ve already taken these drugs at some point or want to stop taking them? You might be concerned about what happens when you stop them “cold turkey”. Will the drug stay in my bones forever? Did I do permanent damage? Will I ever be able to build bones naturally? Will the Save Our Bones Program work for me? To date, I’ve received thousands of emails asking me just that.

Amazingly, there is little research on this very important subject.

So here are the facts:

There are two main ways by which your body gets rid of the bisphosphonates once you stop taking the drug.

The first – and quickest way – is by elimination via the urine. Studies conducted by maxillofacial surgeons have shown that most of the free-flowing chemical in the bloodstream is eliminated in approximately three to four months. This also includes the release of bisphosphonates from bone surfaces that end up in the bloodstream, because they can’t attach themselves to the bone cells and are simply unused.

That’s how they get cleared out of the bloodstream… but what happens to the bisphosphonates that attach themselves to the bone?

Half of them remain attached to the bone for approximately ten years. That’s according to a study published by The International Bone and Mineral Society titled “Long-Term Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis: An Introduction” by Gordon J. Strewler of Harvard Medical School.

This may sound like terrible news, but please don’t despair… The same study found that bisphosphonates are active only when they’re on exposed bone surfaces, so as new bone starts to form, it actually covers the bisphosphonates, and “the drug is buried in bone and becomes inactive”.

That’s a quote by Dr. Watts in the Endocrinology & Metabolism Clinics of North America, Volume 27, Issue 2, titled “Treatment of Osteoporosis with Bisphosphonates”.

This should come as great news to you, if you’ve stopped or wish to stop taking the drugs. And here’s the icing on the cake: the same Harvard Medical School study mentioned before reports that bone loss (resorption) gradually resumes after stopping the drugs, and achieves normal (pre-menopausal) levels in approximately five years.

You see, the major osteoporosis and osteopenia drugs close the door on new bone formation, leaving only old and weak bone. But once you’re on the road to having healthy bones the natural way, you’ll be producing new bone that is more flexible and therefore less prone to fractures than old and brittle bone.

Armed with this information if you have doubts about stopping bisphosphonates, you can rest assured that it’s never too late to start on a natural bone health program. There is light at the end of the tunnel…

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  1. Aimee September 1, 2014, 4:31 am

    I’m 43 and was diagnosed with osteoporosis about 4 years ago and was put on fosomax 70mg once a week! I’ve have two very bad broken wrist fractures as well as nothing can hit my bones or I could cry in a second! I’ve broken almost all of my toes fractured ribs w a simple hug! I took my self off of about two months ago and I’m n so much pain,I’m currently limping bc if my left foot has terrible pain hard to walk on but had X-ray and they say no fracture this us after I stopped w fosomax..I’ve had tingling n numbness n my legs had ultra sounds n say I’m fine which is worse since I’ve stopped as well as pain every where!! I take 4 pills of vitamin d a month 325 mug of iron a day! liquid calcium w magnesium just started that a month ago on my own my t levels r -9 with nithing getting better other than lower lumbar by a point after taking fosomax for 3-4 years or do!! I’m done with that crap! I’m so scared I’m going to break I’m a single mom raising kids w no help and custody if a 4 yr old grand daughter!! I hurt I’m aging fast I’m graying wrinkling and have no quality of life no more! My kids don’t understand y I’m so lame!! I hurt I want to know if this will help me for being on fosomax and levels so bad n quitting cold turkey! I’m scared and since they say this is all bc of my hysterectomy bc I refused to take the hormone replacement bc after a couple if months on it I was a wreck in life..and knew it could cause breast cancer I stopped not ever being told osteoporosis was a possibility!! I will not listen to my doctor bc from day one they have never understood bc I say it’s an imbalance n herbs have done nothing and effect me in a bad way!! Where do I go?? I stumbled upon your web site bc I was considering going back on fosomax bc I’m feeling achy and I’m having major problems w my foot out of no where I believe it’s fractured just scared to take or not take..clearly there is no help for people like me..until I found your web site but as always I’m sceptical I can not afford to loose any more density especially at my age!! HELP

  2. pam maiorano August 27, 2013, 8:45 pm

    I have been taking actonel for some time. I am also taking predison 5mg. I need to have a tooth pulled but they don’t want to because of the actonel.I was wondering if it would be safe for me to go off of actonel and how long it would it take to get out of my system.
    thank you for your help in this manner.

    Pam

    • Forma L. Gonzales September 26, 2013, 3:40 am

      I only took one tablet of Bonviva three days ago and now I experience VERY BAD FEELING. PLEASE HELP WHAT LIQUID WILL I TAKE OTHER THAN WATER TO REMOVE THIS MEDICINE THAT ENTERED MY BODY. I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING THE DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION.

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  4. sheila July 31, 2013, 6:39 pm

    My mother has been prescribed FOSADVANCE by her GP. I have recently started sharing my save our bones info with her and have bought her the True osteo. I have been following your advice for a few years now, have your books and trust your opinion.
    Vivian, will you please let me know what you think of this medication. she is told to take it once a week. it must be very strong!
    thankyou
    Sheila

  5. Jacqueline Kalli April 16, 2013, 9:41 am

    Hi I am on Fosmax I been on the table for longer then 10 years I have only been testing once that I was told i had Osteoporsis . I never been tested since I want to stop the tablets I read that you only take these tablet 3 to 5 years so why is it I am still on them . I also read that I should have been tested I have never been tested since I have been on them can you pls tell me why this is thank you Jackie

  6. julie sugars March 11, 2013, 9:11 am

    I have oestiaprosis and I want to know if it is safe 2 use the tablets and which tablet is better protis 2g or Actonel

  7. Joan Dutchak February 21, 2013, 10:51 am

    I am about 98 lbs. was exercising 3 days a week up until 1 year ago. developed ausma.Im going back to exercising with weighs I hope. I have a T score of -2.7 my dr. wants be to take 1200 calcium 800 vitamin D and go on foxumax or Boniva. I was on foxumax and actonol and took myself off about 3 years ago. I already get severe craps in my legs and joint from symbacort. I dont know what to do I hate all kinds of drugs!! I did lose 10 ound in a year but I gave up bread dairy and grains Im under 5 ft I should be 98 lbs. What should I do?

  8. Irma Gonzalez February 6, 2013, 10:06 am

    Is Evista just as bad as Fosamax, Boniva, etc?

  9. Maria January 21, 2013, 7:00 pm

    I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, I am 59 years old. My doctor prescribed Actonel Dr 35 mg once a week. I took my first pill last Thursday and the side effects started Friday afternoon, I had them all, nausea, abdominal pain, joints pain- I actually felt I had been run over by a train. I will not take another one – I spoke with my doctor, and he sd that I could take another weekly pill called Fosamax, that have the same side effects, or again 1 shot of Prolia every six months…with the same side effects. I am very sceptic and confused about all those medications and I am trying to find an alternative …

    • Maryanne February 27, 2013, 12:26 am

      Hello I am 60 and. Have been taking- protos with no side effects after one year I had a bone density and now I am ostepediea am so happy I suggest you see your doctor and mention protos.

      Cheers
      Maryanne

    • Jude Telford January 22, 2013, 7:41 pm

      I take prolia and my jaw hurts in the middle of the night plus I am tired all the time …. maybe I am ok but who knows ? my face seems to have aged quickly my eyes are cloudy

      • Annette July 15, 2014, 8:41 pm

        Hi I had the prolia injection on the 20 June 14 and just over a week later started with swollen gums, painful jaw, swollen glands, rash on leg, headache, difficulty sleeping, heartburn,diarrhea, gas, urinating frequently ear ache and much more. There is not reversal of the injection. My doctor has now had me on steroid tablets, steroid cream, steroid mouth wash and paste for a week to try to reduce the swollen gums, glands and reduce the rash on legs. What can this drug be doing to my insides if these symptoms are showing on the outside. So dangerous and two doctors said there would be no side effects I have to wait till Dec 20 now to get this injection out of my system Someone needs to contact the FDA and report this dangerous drug

  10. Vlasta (Amina ) Moro January 14, 2013, 8:24 am

    Never have idea to take medizine for ignore my pains… so that my body has less poison. I hope i will reach my own way to come out of my pains i have fool 4 years!

  11. Faye Clarkson January 12, 2013, 7:59 pm

    At age 51 I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis.A specialist put me on Fosomax, alendronat. Then Fosadvance. After several years I had bone loss, according to the Dr.B who is the specialist said I had bone loss, partly due to the alendronate. She took me off the medication after taking it for about 7-8 years. Then I started taking New Roots, Strong Bones formula, made sure I took B-complex three times a day, have been taking 5,000 IU Vitamin D. In 2012, I now have a 9% increase in bone density in my right femoral neck – a significant increase. I also have a 1% increase in my lower lumbar spine – not a significant increase. I have a long way to go but am continuing to research. I do walk and take the stairs. By the way I am a very fast walker. Sincerely Faye Clarkson

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 14, 2013, 9:33 am

      Faye, that’s great news! Those increases in bone density you mentioned are not insignificant. Keep up the good work, and keep walking! :D

  12. norma December 28, 2012, 8:54 pm

    I have had 4 reclast infusions and have suffered terrible leg cramps. Also I have developed burning mouth syndrone which I wonder if it was caused from Reclass. It seems when you are older and experience pain, it is attributed to old age–not the case because I am very active. I am scheduled for my last infusion in a few days and now know that I will not take it.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 14, 2013, 9:30 am

      Good for you, Norma! You’ve taken your health into your own hands and have made your own decision. And I agree – too often the aches and pains that older people experience are blamed on age. Aging does not have to be painful!

  13. Connie Barr December 12, 2012, 10:32 am

    Is there a minimum amount of coffee you can drink a day?

  14. shirley December 11, 2012, 10:26 am

    I was 79 when I started taking PROTOS and I have just turned 82 and would like to start playing golf again – I have 2 vertebral fractures and osteopenia. My last BDT showed that nothing had changed in two years but had not got any worse.
    Will I be at risk of further compression fractures if I start golf again?
    I would love to know if other golfers have a similar problem.

  15. Barbara November 25, 2012, 3:23 pm

    I have been taking Evista for less than a month. I really don’t want to take it but my dr advised it was best. I was at a health food store today and was told Bone Strength is good to take. Can I just stop taking Evista and start Bone Strength? I really would like to try a natural way..Thanks

  16. Carol October 3, 2012, 4:33 am

    Thank you for the valuable information you provided

    • Janet Millard November 5, 2012, 10:47 am

      In 2007 at the age of 60, I was given statins for very high colesterol! I became ill and they were stopped and I was diagnosed with polymyalgia, which has similar symptons! I was put on steroids and biphosphonates which I stopped in March this year! By 2008 I had been shown lots of small factures in my spine and ribs! It was very hard to stop thaes things, but now I’m feeling stronger thanks to the Save our Bones advice which I came accros when looking for help! I feel like none of the medication helps and now try to stay clear of GPs! Just try to eat good food and snd stay healthy! As a nurs told me! ‘What’s the harm in a couple of paracetamols now and again!

  17. Eva E Bernard October 2, 2012, 1:17 pm

    What is your opinion about Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray?

    • Customer Support January 14, 2013, 9:34 am

      Hi Eva,
      Feel free to take advantage of the Search feature at the top of the page – just type in your topic of interest, and every article that Vivian has written on that topic will come up. :)

  18. LINDA September 24, 2012, 12:47 am

    Just stopped taking Actonel 6 months ago and have severe hip pain.

    • Marian October 24, 2012, 1:49 pm

      This happened exactly the same way for my mother, who is in her 80′s. She stopped Actonel 6 months ago, that’s about when her new hip and back pains started. Does anyone else have similar experiences and advise?

  19. LINDA September 23, 2012, 11:50 pm

    I quit taking Actonel after 8 years. It has been about 6 months now and I’m getting awful back and hip pain. Is this normal or should I see a Doctor. I feel much better being off of it. I also have noticed a lock jaw kind of thing a couple of times. This really scares me. Linda

  20. Lyn Guest August 16, 2012, 11:52 pm

    I have just been diagnosed with Osteopenea and my doctor has put me on Actonel tablet once a month dosage. I took the first one yesterday. Today I feel unwell.. soreness in ribs, clavicle and throat. I am scared to take this drug and scared not to. I am at a loss to know what to do. I am also taking Caltrate twice a day. I am worried and depressed about what this drug is doing to my body. I have always been active and find I cannot do what I used to do because of the osteopenea. Can anyone give me any answers as I am sure there are others out there who feel the same way.

    • Forma L. Gonzales September 26, 2013, 3:49 am

      Dear Lyn,

      We are on the same shoes. I took Bonviva three days ago and I experience a very bad feeling especially in my heart as I have heart disease. I was just following my Doctor’s prescription only to find out and felt bad about the medicine. Will anyone please advise me what liquid to take other than water to remove the remnants of Bonviva in my body? Thank you.

      • Forma L. Gonzales September 26, 2013, 3:54 am

        My doctor prescribed me Bonviva after the x-ray results that I have osteopenia a disease about thinning of the bones. I followed his instruction and now I HAVE A VERY BAD FEELING AFTER TAKING IT THREE DAYS AGO. PLEASE HELP ME HOW TO REMOVE THE REMNANTS OF THIS MEDICINE QUICKLY. THANK YOU.

  21. Joyce June 15, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I found all of this information regarding Fosamax, Boniva, Actenol, and reclast very scary years ago, when I was told I had osteopina. So at that time it was recommended by my Homeopath to try Miacalcin/Fortical now generic.

    I had been on Miacalcin for about 10 years, now 2 years on Fortical. (nasal spray) my bone density test every two years up until this year still showed maintaining Osteopina.

    Now Osteoporosis stage.

    I am very concern now what to do. So I just have continued with the nasal spray and of course calcium and Vitamin D. and I added Boron and Maganese. I also take Fish oil and Flaxseed.

    My Primary care, suggest that I take Fosamax or Actenol ..if side effects then re-clast.

    I am not going to take those drugs. So I am asking your opinon regarding what I am still doing and added.

    Fortical, calcium, vitamin D, boron and Maganese and fish oil and flaxseed.

    I also use a liptical machine and lift 5 pound weights.

    for weight bearing exercise is suppose to help build strong bones.

    I have a freind that actually after taking Fortical for years, her bones are not osteopedic ..anymore.
    so she is off the medication.

    Thanks
    Joyce

  22. Colleen Vincent May 17, 2012, 6:50 pm

    I was on Fosomax some years ago for my osteoporosis, (severe). I took the drug for 5 weeks only, as it made me violently ill. I was very weak and confined to bed for months and it took close to a full year before I felt the drug had left my body. I asked my doctor could this bad reaction be because I have been on Prednisone for many years, but he didn’t think it was that. I still wonder about that, I have found Prednisone is not compatible with some medications. However I would never take any drug like that again.I have friends who take Fosomax and they have no bad reactions so far so maybe I was the unlucky one. I am still suspicious of Fosomax and would never consider it again.

  23. Patricia Gibbon April 25, 2012, 8:35 pm

    Most interesting looking at my finances to help me decide.

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      rducks1 on February 13, 2011 Well I have three navigator and my brtehor has the 05 and 09 escelade I have the 1998 2006 and 2011 navigator but I must say I’m not a big fan of the 2011 I favor to tue 2006 it’s flashy but not over exagrerating the car I love my 1998 navigator to it’s just awesome but I’m thinking about goin to get the 2011 escelade esv platinum over the 2011 navigator

  24. Ita March 25, 2012, 2:17 pm

    thank you,Ita.

  25. Lita Newdick November 18, 2011, 11:58 pm

    I am thinking seriously of going back to Fosamax.

    Your book says quite clearly that the only people who have to be really concerned about fractures are those who are at high risk for fracture. Those people include those like myself who must take corticosteroids; however most people don’t have that problem. Therefore, they can freely follow your advice and get off Foxamax. Please do not deny that your language implies this: to me it certainly does. I invite other readers to find the paragraph and judge for themselves. I do not still possess the book; I sent it back and my payment was refunded.

    I am an Addison’s Disease patient who has been taking corticosteroids for sixteen years and medically am considered at “high risk” for fractures. I have been taking Fosamax for nine years and my endocrinologist wishes me to continue for another year. I have osteopenia (with one hip -2.6 which is considered osteoporosis.)

    I am a young 81 year old who plays doubles tennis and is still very flexible.

    I am following as best I can the 80-20 acid-alkiline diet. Yet with my high-risk prognosis, I see no way out of taking the Fosamax and assuming the risk of its fairly rare side effects.

    • Velma Bagley June 3, 2012, 8:26 pm

      I have had artthritis for hears and have taken drugs…

    • Terri Bradley January 29, 2012, 2:53 am

      I live in Australia so do not know if you can get this drug for osteoporosis. My Doc has put me on PROTOS which is strontium and from what I have read it is the best thing for osteoporosis. Ask & check it out. Good luck.

      • Margie Perez June 18, 2014, 12:28 pm

        Have you seen any results from taking protos?
        Do you know if its true that after you take protos then no OTHER medicación will WORK?

  26. Loyd Campen November 16, 2011, 6:14 am

    My mom and I would like to develop a weblog similar to this for our internet site, I stumbled across your web blog looking for ideas on the theme and page layout. I am taking some html coding class in college and not sure if I would be able to develop a blog such as this one just yet. Did you code this site by yourself or hire a qualified?

  27. Mrs. Amy Kehela October 30, 2011, 8:16 am

    Dear Dr.Vivian,
    I have osteoporosis, lower part of my spine – not too sure exactly where as my GP never explain nor discuss it with me properly. In the year 2000, I started on Fosomax, switched to Aldronic and Adcal 3 after some 4 or 5 years, and I am still on a one weekly Aldonic and one daily Adcal-3 , though I was prescribed two adcal -3 daily.

    I am very healthy 77 years old, swim, pilates, cycle etc., and really fed up with the medication. Can I PLEASE stop taking them?
    Many thanks.
    Amy.

  28. Cheryl October 24, 2011, 4:29 pm

    I did a dumb thing a couple weeks ago and let a drup rep talk me into taking Prolia. I told her that I had side effects from Actenol and Boniva. That my legs went numb. She told me that Prolia has “NO” side effects. Well, guess what? My right leg is now numb from hip to the foot and I get tingling around my lips. Is there something I can do to get rid of this?

  29. linda October 23, 2011, 8:27 am

    What about these drugs being given to stage 4 cancer patients to improve their bone strength. The drs, are trying to make the bones dtronger to prevent fractures.

  30. Elizabeth Henson September 29, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I am so thankful that I learned about these drugs before I started takeing them. I am also thankful I found your website and have your book.

  31. martha moretti September 13, 2011, 7:57 pm

    `2 infusions of reclast ??? what are the long term effects of this drug///

    • Norma September 17, 2011, 11:53 am

      I took fosamax for approx. 10 years. My sister-in-law had a jaw problem so I discontinued taking Fosmax for two years. 2 years ago a Doctor suggested reclast and I had two infusions. I am 82 years old have decided to quit the infusions. I take Calcium 600 + D 2x day, Vit D 2000 IU 2xday,Fish oil 1200mg l aday, Magnesium Citrate 200 mg 2x day. Have taken Calcium for years.
      Broke my left wrist this year and the Doctor said it would not have healed as well as it has and the break could have been worst is not for having Reclast.(this info was from the Doctor that prescribed it)not the orthoptist Doctor.

  32. Jennie Benton September 10, 2011, 8:42 am

    I am a believer of Dr Oz, who proclaims that
    milk and dairy products are good for your bones. Isn’t this just your opinion about them
    robing our bones of calcium ? I know you have done research, but why hasn’t our health industry told us about these warnings.

  33. irene karas September 3, 2011, 8:04 am

    We have stopped the boniva. We are having some trouble establishing a new vitamin program. We
    thought we had it with Dr. Fuhrmans vitamins but after 2 days my mother said she has stomach pains.We are not sure it is due to the
    viamtins and D3 non-vegan . It has been almost two months since we stopped the Boniva. Mother is 86. We to know what other vitamns people have tried. We want about 500mgs. of calcium and Slightly less than 2000 I.U’s of D3.
    Any advice from your readers is encouraged,
    WE will give Dr. Fuhrmans vitamins another chance today. We do plan to consult a nutrionist, have a good Labor Day weekend. Thank you.

    • Linda Sullivan October 11, 2011, 7:35 pm

      I have found that Osteo Calm by Natural Vitality works best for me. It has the requirements mostly you mentioned. And it is liquid which I like, and is organic.

      • Cathy Rynja September 10, 2012, 9:56 am

        Whoops! I meant taught.

      • Cathy Rynja September 10, 2012, 9:53 am

        Thanks for the advice. This is ‘a long shot’, but if you talk history in the 1970s, please contact the school or me re reunion.

  34. nancy weiner August 31, 2011, 7:31 pm

    hi vivienne- just a question about evista for osteoporosis? i have been taking it for quite awhile. It is not a biophosphinate drug. is it safer? Nancy W.

  35. Lucia July 22, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Thanks for all the information Vivian.
    I´m a bit confused with raw and pasteurized milk, how about yogurt from pasteurized milk?
    I enjoy eating healthy!

  36. Tricia July 1, 2011, 10:24 am

    Has anyone had good results strengthening their bones by using a Powerplate i.e. vibrating platform daily as well as good diet and exercise?

    • Monique December 22, 2011, 5:14 pm

      I’ve been asking that question to Vivian a couple of times with no answer. Would like to know the answer also.

  37. Pearl Lichtman June 21, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I developed barrets syndrome from Fosomax, then I did the injections at hiome, stopped and went on reclapse which I did not do this year, now I need hip replacement, I do not stand up correctly even thou I had back surgery 6 years ago. What can I do to repair or improve my posture, stamina and live a normal life?

  38. Hugo Schmidt March 31, 2011, 3:24 pm

    I am 5 months off of fosamax and 6 weeks on the Save our Bones program. My Dr. is questioning me and concerned, but I am determined to make the bones program work. My experience with fosamax was not pleasent.
    Hugo

  39. Marcia March 28, 2011, 2:42 pm

    I was on Boniva and Fosamax for five years and stopped when I was having extensive dental work done. Now my hip t-score is -3.1, and my spine numbers have also regressed-although still osteopenia. A specialist wants me to go on Forteo. I have rejected that idea along with the Reclast. I have gone to a homeopathic doctor, and I discovered that I am taking my meds all wrong. I am now taking my Synthroid in the morning and a combination of vitamin D3 and osteoprime ultra at lunch and dinner. I am also going Gluten-free to help with absorption, and I am meeting with a trainer to add a workout which will help my bone density.
    A friend of mine just recommended Calictronin. What do you think of that? I am 58, and we are taking a trip to Costa Rica this summer, so I want to enjoy the hiking and ziplining without fear.

  40. Micki Kline February 14, 2011, 1:34 am

    For those ladies who say they cannot afford the book-I am on social security (700 a month) and saved to get it–best thing I ever did. So very worth the price and helpful for reference! I would like to know will my bone continue to regrow after menopause? I think it will but am unsure. The diet is doing me good and my physician wants to read the book now. Is organic green tea (decaf) okay or not? Thanks so much. Taking curcumin for pain, blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood thinning as I have had blockages-so one pill a day is helping all. Thank God for alternative medicine.

  41. androulla December 28, 2010, 7:02 pm

    I have been taking Alendronate 70MG Tablets weekly for 2 years now. can anyone tell me if this drug has bisphosphonates please, as i can not be sure. should i stop now also? i am 52 years old, and was told that i have the start of bone loss, but not bad.thank you.
    Regards.
    Androulla

    • Bee October 26, 2011, 3:59 pm

      Alendronic Acid is a bisphosphonate.

    • Barbara Ritchie March 19, 2011, 8:46 pm

      To the person who wondered “if Alendronate has bisphosphonates”: Alendronate doesn’t “have” bisphosphonates– it IS bisphonates!! If you want to avoid bisphosphonates, then stop taking Alendronate (which is another name for alendronic acid…..

      Best regards.

  42. Florence Daigle December 18, 2010, 12:43 pm

    Injoy this website. would like to be able to print the comments.

  43. Kathy D December 13, 2010, 10:39 am

    Vivian,
    Thanks for your reply on advacal calcium and genistein.I stopped taking it .
    I need to know if I should start taking a different type of calcium your reply
    On advacal made feel that you did not care for it.Your answer means a lot
    To me. Thanks Kathy D please reply

    • Teresita June 19, 2011, 12:13 pm

      Thank you for the information. However, I did not get to read the original response regarding advacal. I am taking it and is very interested on comments regarding it. Thank you again and thanks to Vivian for this opportunity.

    • Eleanor June 2, 2011, 5:32 am

      Hi Vivien,
      Thankyou for all your wonderful information.I have anterior compressions at T8,T6,T7and T9,as well as undisplaced oblique fracture in sacrum.Is the pain I’m experiencing caused by weak muscles or from the compressions and fracture.
      My dr.has prescribed Actonel,which I won’t take.
      Thankyou

  44. evamatusak November 12, 2010, 12:25 am

    Iam 65 years old had breast cancer and was given
    astrazolam hormone medication which appearently
    destroyes bone density is there anything I can do to prevent bone loss. HOPE YOU CAN GIVE ME A SUGGESTION THANKS EVA M

  45. Patricia Schafer November 4, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Has anyone heard of Jarrow Ultra Bone Up? What are the side effects? Does it really improve bone?

    What about Calcitonin? Any thoughts about that?

    Thanks to all and any for help/advice you can give!

  46. Rita Doucas November 1, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I am on in years-77yrs. I was given Fosomax and after two weeks I stopped on my own. I had
    severe reaction. Yhen I started Miacalcin and have been taking it for at least 8 years.I would like to stop it. My last test was 3.0.
    I have been doing weight exercise three times
    a week, I walk at least 2 Hours a day and do
    Hatha Yoga once a week. After reading your book
    I am working on you suggested diet.Thank you.

  47. Anna marx November 1, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I do not want to take scaring medication causing severe health problems. What to do?
    How the other women deal wit it?

  48. june woakes October 24, 2010, 7:23 am

    All well and good stopping biophosphanates, but if you have polymyalgia rheumatica for the last five years, the doctor will keep you on the drugs indefinitely and you never know just how long the polymyalgia is going to stay with you. Is it dangerous to stop and steroids and biophosphanats and will the pain go away if I stop taking the steroids. Quite a conundrum. Any comments? Has anyone else out there got this problem?

  49. Veronica October 22, 2010, 8:50 am

    I have compound missing bone frature 10 years ago ,the bone seems heal after sries of operations and have been using the leg although is shorter, now my problem is I am having serious pain at my low extriemities near where i have the frature . I did ex-ray and scan no sign of new frature or infection but the pain did not go away after series of pain and inflamations drugs. Please Vivan help me.

  50. CEIL HOLZMAN October 21, 2010, 5:35 pm

    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUGGESTIONS. I HAVE BEEN TOLD (AFTER TAKING A BONE SCAN}THAT I HAVE THE START OF OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA IN MY HIP. MY DOCTOR ADVISED ME TO GO ON ACTINEL, AND AFTER READING YOUR COMMENTS, I AM HESITANT.

  51. Ria Lehman October 20, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I took Fosamax for maybe ten years, and stopped it about a year and a half ago, when I read about how destructive it actually is. My doctor was NOT happy about that, but I just knew I had to stop, so I did.

    Maybe it helped me and maybe it didn’t; I slipped on water from my cat’s water dish, which I had dropped, and when I fell, my hip was broken and my leg was at a peculiar angle.
    I’m looking forward to receiving your book, which I ordered on Monday the 18th.

    Meanwhile, I’ve been using ankle weights just about every day, am dancing again, though not as much yet, and swimming, as I generally do three times a week. Not that swimming helps the bones much, but it does make me feel that I’m doing good for my whole body, from which I’ve lost both weight and height. In spite of that, I’m feeling great! And I do thank you for the encouragement!

    Be well and happy, Vivian.

    Ria

  52. Lori October 19, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Hi,

    I am concerned about stopping actonel because I am also taking a hormone blocker (Femara) since I had breast cancer last year. Femara causes further bone loss. I feel like the side effects have decreased my quality of life. In fact I would like to stop taking both drugs. My doctor says it is necessary to continue to take actonel since I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Does anyone know if there are natural alternatives to these two drugs?

    Thank you for any advice you all may have.

    • carol stewart April 11, 2012, 1:22 am

      I am also taking femora (letrozol) for breast cancer and fosamax plus for osteoporosis. My bone density has continued to drop inspite of this. My doctor recommends changing to tamoxofen instead of femora as it has less negative effect on bones. I am unsure as it is not as protective in breast cancer. Can you advise? Are there better osteoporosis drugs to take eg protos. Thank you

  53. Ardi October 12, 2010, 11:47 am

    I just came from my Dr. and of course she is “alarmed” that I will not take foxamax or Boniva or any of the other meds she has prescribed for my osteoporosis. Today she gave me a prescription for Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray. I can’t find anything in your posts about this med. I also have hypothyroidism and take Synthroid which depletes calcium. If you or anyone has any knowledge about side effects of Calcitonin Salmon please respond as I will hold off starting this spray for a little.

    • carol Dawson January 1, 2011, 12:16 pm

      I am on Fortocal Nasel spray and I need to know what you think?

  54. catherine October 9, 2010, 6:30 pm

    now i am really confused,i will speak with my doctor.

  55. Edward Rimmer October 9, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Wonder if Fosamax has anything to with bowel problema such as diverticulitus.

    • Tricia July 1, 2011, 10:18 am

      I was unaware that I had diverticula disease until I took Fosamax and within 6 weeks the tablet had inflamed and scarred that part of the colon thereby narrowing it and even though I immediately stopped the drug now 4 years on I am still suffering with diverticula symptoms daily

  56. carole September 20, 2010, 10:29 pm

    What should I do to increase my bone, I am taking 1200mg calcium, 400mg magnesium and vitamin D3 3000mg daily , I am eating a lot of vegetable.I cannot affort the book. I do excercise more often. thank you for all the imformation you forward to me.Reply

    • Terry September 27, 2010, 5:10 pm

      I agree, I would love to know how to increase my bone, have osteopenia, but cannot afford the book.
      Regards
      Terry

  57. Shirley Boyer September 19, 2010, 6:46 pm

    I have read your article before and I have stopped taking the fosomax. You are saying that my bones will repair themselves better if I don’t take it? I cannot afford the book. do you have a list of food that one could take that helps with bones? If it requires a lot of exercise, that is a problem because of my back and legs I’m not able to excercise a lot. Not much at all. I’m 75 and I still work so have that walking around during the day at work.

  58. Helen September 15, 2010, 5:19 am

    I have already stopped taking Actonel 4 wks ago after nearly 2yrs,and I feel a great deal better already.

  59. Elizabeth September 14, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I was taking the Actonel medication for 8 months and was then changed to Novo-Risedronate (sodium tablets as monohydrate). Does this medication have the same effect ( risks) as Actonel?
    thanks

  60. Nel September 12, 2010, 1:35 am

    Hi Vivian thanks so much for your email it was so nice of you to educate us regarding the osteoporosis drugs but i am still concerned about the effects of taking Protos 2g each day. Would you please let me know if its safe to take it. Thank you very much and hope to hear from you. God bless.

    Nel

    • Sarah May 22, 2012, 11:34 am

      I am 78 yrs young!
      I am taking Femara, and wonder if it is compatible
      with STRONTIUM. (my Dr wants me off Boniva, and thinks that Prolia would be better)
      From what I am reading Strontium sounds like a good choice ???
      Thank You

    • Louise October 10, 2010, 6:38 am

      I am also taking Protos 2gms a day and have been for 10 months, my doctor went thru info on the internet with me and thought that Protos was not as bad as some of the other drugs available. I hope that she is right.

      • Terri Bradley January 29, 2012, 3:11 am

        I have been taking Protos for some years now & it appears my scans are showing improvement. I also take Calcium + Vit D & then magnesium but take that 2 hours after the calcium.

  61. rosa aranda September 9, 2010, 7:57 am

    i’m not sure what will happen to me if i’m stop taken the fosamax plus,becouse was give to me for broken bones,without a fall,i’m being take for a year ,and my bone density improve 4% .

  62. Hal Korbel August 28, 2010, 8:13 am

    I have addisons disease and have been taking steroids for about 30 years. A recent mistake made by my pharmacist resulted in my losing 7.5% of my bone mass in one year. I am now Osteopeniac and my doctor has prescribed a 70mg. dose of Alendronate to be taken once a week for the rest of my life. I am a 61 year old male who has led an active life. I love playing golf but now I have constant discomfort in my lower back. I fear my retirement will be spent in pain. I am afraid to not follow my doctor’s orders, but I want to be able to enjoy my life.

  63. Carol August 28, 2010, 12:11 am

    Please continue your daily emails. I requested you send them only once a week. I really miss them now and hope you resume as before. I do have a question…Is AlgaeCal Plus calcium supplement as good as Ezorb? Continus your good work.

    • Denise November 10, 2010, 7:02 pm

      Hi,

      I stopped taking Actonel for a year after taking it for 2yrs. My T-Score dropped from -2.5 to -3.3 in my spine. I am extremely concerned and I was just about ready to go back on Actonel, however, after researching further, I discovered AlgeaCal. I just ordered a 6 month supply of their Bone Building Combo which is a combo of AlgeaCal and Strontium Boost. I am crossing my fingers that this will work. I am only 57yrs old and in great shape but extremely scared that I will lose more bone density every day and have a spinal fracture. I bought the Save Our Bones book and have begun eating even more veggies and fruits than before although I have always eaten very healthily. Let me know what info you have regarding AlgeaCal.
      Thanks
      Denise

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 10, 2010, 7:55 pm

        Hi Denise,

        AlgaeCal is a great source of organic calcium, but I do not suggest taking the Strontium Boost. Please check out Q&A #3 at ‘Vivian Answers Day’ #3.

        • Denise November 17, 2010, 6:45 pm

          thanks for the prompt reply Vivian

          I will not be taking the Strontium Boost and will stick with the AlgeaCal Plus, then. Should I be continuing with my MultiVitamins which contain Vit. A,B,B12,C,D,E,Calcium, Riboflavin, Niacin, Thiamine, Folic Acid, Brotin, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Seleneum,Copper and Manganese. Not sure if this would be overkill as the AlgeaCal Plus has Calcium, Magnesium, Trace Minerals, Boron, Vit.D3,K2 and C.

          I appreciate your input.
          Denise

  64. Cate Peterson August 10, 2010, 5:16 am

    I am a new recruit to the program. Your story Vivian, is mine. I am 49 years old and a routine scan showed osteo. I did not start the drug prescribed. I just had a really bad feeling about it. I found your program instead. I am so excited and positive about the future.

  65. Frances Solo July 5, 2010, 7:33 pm

    I stopped taking fosamax about 5 years ago and started taking strontium 680 mg. I have had no more bone loss and a slight increase. I monitor it with a 24 hour urine test, the name of which I have for the moment forgotten. This is taken approximately every 3 months. There is information about strontium on the internet. The studies I read were done in Canada. It is similar in structure to calcium but much more bioavailable.

    • E. Jayne July 11, 2010, 1:02 pm

      I have read, and I believe some of this research I gleaned from
      “Save Our Bones,” that Strontium does build bone but in a way
      that makes the bone rigid and less flexible. Although in DEXA scans bone density seems to improve with Strontium, Strontium does improve the incidence of fractures. I would appreciate being directed to research, international or otherwise, which sheds more light on how Strontium builds bone density.

  66. Jerry June 22, 2010, 10:50 am

    I have decided to stop taking Boniva(6months) and prior Fosamax(9 years). I have read your book and although I love fresh fruits and vegetables I can eat only small quantities as they go through me. Is there anything else I can do?

    • D. Hendrickson August 12, 2010, 4:41 pm

      I was given a Reclast “infusion”. Wonder how long that stays in the body. My osteoporosis is a -4. Nothing does any good. Am I subject to a life of brittle bones ?

      If the biophosphate gets covered up, then new bone leaves after discontinuing, is the biophosphate then uncovered again ?

  67. Sujatha Mathai June 19, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I was found to have osteoporosis in 2002/3, and started on the weekly bisphosphonate. Since then, have had a dislocation in my lumbar spine. I would love to stop taking this medication, and just enjoy a natural active life. I notice difficulty in swallowing. I need to know that it is SAFE to give up bisphosphonate treatment.
    Sujatha

  68. Varsha June 11, 2010, 4:04 pm

    Vivian
    I am taking Miacalcin Vaporisteur nasal spray
    for the last two years. It mad me very sick to take fosomax and I tried other ones too. What should I do to stop this. Please help.

  69. Joan June 6, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I made a similar comment on another web site that I cannot find again.
    I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I have a T score of -3.2. My doctor has ordered Fosamax which I have not started taking yet. I am disabled and cannot do weight-bearing or weight lifting exercises. What do I do?

    • Joan July 3, 2010, 2:02 pm

      There has to be someone out there who is in the same situation as I am. Please let me know what you are doing to improve your bone health. Vivian, Please advise!

      • sandy July 23, 2010, 4:16 am

        I walk two miles each day and keep physically active. My compression spinal fracture healed perfectly in 12 weeks. I eat healthy foods, calcium with D and mag. I have been told to stop the soft drinks and that is very hard for me to do. Almost weaned myself but not entirely.

        Now I read that chocolate and caffeine are off limits (?) Love the ability to discuss with others. What a blessing.

  70. Virginia R. May 15, 2010, 9:46 am

    Actonel was the answer or so I was told. On the graph I showed a slight bone lose, (probably due to drugs taken for severe asthma attacks.) I took actonel because I thought I could trust the medical world. What a fool I was.
    Very suddenly in April 2009 I began to have very severe pain in the muscles of my arms and legs. Imagine not being able to turn a door knob. Fortunately, I have a GP that listens or maybe he already knew the truth about Actonel. I believed it was the actonel that was behind the pain. Of course I stopped taking Actonel. My Doc told me it would take a year to see some relief. He was absolutely correct.
    It is now May 2010. I am not pain free but I am the least 75% better.
    I work out in the gym at least 6 days a week. The gym was my only relief from pain. The first few reps of any exercise would be very painful, but the pay off was— feeling much better after an hour of exercise. Of course it was not a permanent fix. But, it beat taking meds. I recently saw my GYN for my annual. She had prescribed the Actonel in the first place. I told her what had happened to me and her only comment was did you stop taking it? Wow! I guess I thought she would have shown sympathy, concern, something!
    I want to scream from the roof-tops don’t take Actonel.

    • Ruthi June 27, 2010, 4:20 pm

      Virginia, I was on Fosamax for 3 months when I developed severe muscle pain in my arms and legs. After numerous lab tests for any muscle/disease,inflammation came back normal, my Dr. said it must be the Fosamax altho he’d not yet had a patient with this problem. I have been off now for just over 3 months. The pain is not as severe but still with me. It’s tough getting out of bed in the morning but as I move about thru the day, it eases. So I eat well, take no other medications and exercise as I’m able. I’m sorry you had to handle this for a year. I’m hoping mine will ease up sooner.
      Ruthi

  71. Heather May 7, 2010, 5:11 am

    I have been diagnosed with bone cancer which has matastasised from breast cancer 6 years ago. Also advanced osteoporosis, which was the initial diagnosis.
    After radiotherapy and possible chemotherapy,my oncologist wants me to take a bone building drug, possibly Bonivia ( as he checked on my dental health).
    Could taking this drug be combined with a natural regime still help me.
    Has anyone else had this experience?

  72. Joanne May 5, 2010, 10:49 pm

    My doctor would like me to start on Didrocal. What is your opinion on it?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 13, 2010, 9:39 pm

      Didrocal is a bisphosphonate. Need I say more?

      • EARLENE JAMES May 25, 2012, 3:21 pm

        What about this drug ZOMETA IV every two months??

      • Hazel Jones June 15, 2010, 12:45 pm

        I have been taking fosamx for almost three years after taking Predisone as it put me in the osteo danger zone so fosamax was the drug they said to take i stop it due to having some minor sugery. my bone test showed i had more deteriation and they want me back on fosamax i have said no. now they said take didrical. I know i don’t enough calcium but don’t know what to do now. i have started to take more calcium and vit D. is there something else i should start taking to help me?????? Hazel

        • Luc Chene July 3, 2010, 9:45 pm

          Good thing to add : vitamin K2 about 50 mg, Magnesium about half as much as calcium but no more than 650 mg per day, organic silicon (Biosil), Milk basic protein in supplement or in Yogurt Yoplait ASANA and a multivitamin with multi mineral.
          Milk basic protein is used in Japan to treat osteoporosis and is a natural part from milk.
          If you live in the US, you can try organic dairy product from grass fed cows / goats.

  73. margaret thompson April 27, 2010, 5:38 pm

    i have sent for a save our bones program .
    i was takeing fosamax for eight weeks .i stoped takeing them to tryout your programe would this have affected my bones.looking forword to hearing from you soon.

  74. Louise Savelli April 24, 2010, 8:59 pm

    I am so confused… this started about 4 weeks ago when I had a fall and discovered [ x-ray ] that not only did I have four [4] broken ribs, that I also have “severe ” osteo, had the bone d/ test last week and appointemt next Wednesday with my doc, to talk about treatment options, he likes the once a year IV, the more I read about it though … the more I am concerned about the treatment. I am 60, small frame, 5’1″ [ hee hee was 5'2" most of my adult life ] guess that could have been a clue, more than 100 pounds [ around 105 -109]anyway, very interested in my options. So looking for suggestions before my doc tries to talk me into his fav treatment.

  75. pat watson April 21, 2010, 5:43 pm

    I HAVE BEEN TAKING FORTEO(Injection) for almost a year. After a stress fracture which was caused by Fosomax. My Dr. who is an Osteoporosis Specialist did not believe the fracture was caused by Fosomax by Orthopedic Dr was the one that told me it was a possibility,after watching TV and all that has been said about Fosmax I do believe it was caused by the Fosmax. I now walk with a limp which I cannot get rid of. I have tried PT and now recently joined the gym for stretching exercises and see if that helps. I plan to get a Bone Density test if June and after that I do not want to continue the Forteo even if my Dr. wants me to take it for another year. I read on the small print area that it caused Bone Cancer on rats. So I am terrified especially after the Fosomax.

    • David J. Agnich October 14, 2011, 8:59 pm

      My doctor wants to start Forteo Nov.15 this year. My T score is -3/-5. should I start? It’s every day for 2 yrs. Is my T score so bad that your program will not help as much? I’m a 62yr.old male. Confused! Thanks in advance. I did sign up for your program. Haven’t received it yet. I’m trying to get as much info,for my situation before Nov. 15.

  76. Linda Huffman April 19, 2010, 11:56 pm

    Does Evista do the same things to the bones that Fosamax, Actonel, and others do ? That is the only drug I am taking at the present time. I have celebrex to use whenever I start hurting too much, but seldom use it. I take my calcium and Vita D, plus K-2. Any help will be appreciated. Linda

    • Cheryl Fillinger December 25, 2010, 11:11 am

      I took Evista very briefly and suffered a mysterious injury. It is healing very slowly, but wondered about any other experiences from Evista users.

    • Connie May 5, 2010, 9:44 am

      I have pain as well especially at my joints and after long perio of sitting down. Few years ago my doctor prescribed me celebrex for anti-inflammatory. After reading about adverse effects of drugs in general and in osteoporosis I decided to google about joint pain and artritis and I read that the best relief (cure) for pain in the natural way is taking green-lipped mussels extract known as Lyprinol. I decided because this is a natural product that I should tried it. I have taken this for one week and found considerable relief from the pain and noticed easier movement and less pain on my knees and hips . Please google and I hope you find this helpful. Connie – Australia.

      • Diana July 2, 2010, 11:20 am

        Hi Connie, I would be careful with NATURAL products, not all natural products are safe. Well known our marrine is very poluted and a lot of toxins like mercury in there. Mussels are cleaning, filtering the ocean. Other question how this company clean or get rid off toxins to make product, do they use heat or mollecular distillation, wich all this can cause oil go ranced and that can cause dangerous effect of free radicals damage. They question is how they extract. And research often paid by companies celling product. There are so many herbs has so great anti-inflamatory effect, and for arthritis. Indian Ginseng( Withania Somnifera) is safe great herb: anti-inflamatory, arthritis. Bacial Skullcap ( Scutellaria Baicalensis) : also anti-inflamatory. You can google. In the same time has to be work done in nutrition: decrease as much as you can acidic food: like meat, fish ( marine annimals), eggs, dairy, sugar, coffee, all refine, artificial. Acidity is a major cause for osteoporosis, arthritis and heaps of other diseases. I hope it helps, Diana. Australia.

  77. Mary Morse April 16, 2010, 10:00 am

    At age 82 I donot know which way to go. the first thing I took was Adrida Therapy and that made me worse as for as weakness and I tried a couple of others and was allergic to them. I have taken nothing and now I need somsething bad. Which way do I turn at my age?

  78. Patricia Hunt April 11, 2010, 2:44 am

    Hello again,l had been taking an osteoporosis drug for 6 months and decided(after many problems with side effects and a lot more pain than before taking the drugs)to just stop them.
    l went to my GP and told him what l’d done…he
    said l had done the right thing.All l am doing now since finding your site(thanks again)is eating the foods which will restore my bones to a healthy state….l’m 60yrs young and already feeling stronger.My bone density reading was -3:5 !!!!My next B.D.is due in October….I will update you then…wish me luck,l’m on a mission!

  79. Inge April 3, 2010, 1:45 pm

    Am 74, have been on Fosamax for 12 years, was back to normal density. Doctor refused to give more,
    but put me on weekly Actonel,1 Caltrate D, 2D3 instead.Within one year my density was back down to almost where I started 13 years ago!!! I am looking for natural, because I am as scared of Fosamax as
    I am of relying on natural cures that
    are not really proven as yet. My Osteoperosis is REALLY severe.

    Your approach sounds good, but I have
    lost so much in one year that I wonder how much I would lose during 6
    months without anything!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 13, 2010, 9:42 pm

      Correction, Inge. If you refer to “6 months without anything” as the time you’ll be on the Save Our Bones Program, then it’s not anything… it’s everything you need to increase your bone density… so believe in yourself, and believe in your bones :)

    • jane May 6, 2010, 8:51 pm

      I feel exactly the same about the fear of “natural” therapy because ultimately that is what we would all like to do, no one wants to take chemicals that are basically “unproven” side affects. I desperately want to believe the natural way will help my bones, however as I only have a bone density test every 2 years it is a long time to not know what is happening with taking another therapy. Anyway if it is proven to me that the natural way will work I would be delighted.

  80. Nicola April 1, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine. I only took Alendronic Acid for two months then after joining the Save Our Bones program and because I had also read elsewhere an article mirroring Vivian’s theories, I decided to stop the med. I have also seen reports that these drugs should not be used for longer than five years. A little part of me wonders if they might be appropriate for osteoporis for the first five years only, but I have still decided not to carry on with the drugs. It makes it easier to make a real go of a change in life style. I am feeling healthier and also I do Pilates – a bit every day. If I was taking medication, I would probably not be as conscientious about the nutrition and exercise!

  81. Linda March 30, 2010, 1:20 pm

    I have only taken one month supply of Fosomax. Should i consult my Dr before stopping? Since i can’t afford your info at the moment, what other info can you give me about taking something from the health food store? Really does have me concerned!!!What can i do naturally? I have been in pain after only taking the one month supply…

  82. Babs McColl March 30, 2010, 3:39 am

    Hi Vivien, my goodness, it gets worse doesn’t it? I really am wanting to come off Protelos 2g. which of course is strontium ranelate sachets. I have kept aspartame out of my body for the past 3 years because of the damage it causes, now I am stuck with a medication with this poison in it! I am not a happy person at all just now but do not have the funds to buy your programme just now. Hopefully it will not be too long before I do. I do not want to take this drug, I worry not about taking it, both for the side effects, and the side effects of aspartame…double the dangers.
    I am also on thyroxine Viviene, and I am not happy taking this at all either, I have been having unbearable hot flushes., told my doctor a while ago, and he never commented at all. I have today read about thyroid medication breaking down bone! I do wish I could just come off everything. Your comments regarding thyroid drugs would be appreciated also. Thank you for your continued important info.
    Regards. Babs.

    • Veronica April 15, 2010, 9:03 pm

      Hello: Read your comments with great interest. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and my doctor recommended Armour. I also read where an inactive thyroid condition could be the cause of a decline in bone density. I have Vivian’s book and am reading with great intensity. Also, doing the jumping exercises and stretching. I must admit that I do feel stronger every day. Everyone’s thyroid problem is very personal and I feel it is a good idea to find a good doctor who knows what he/she is talking about regarding thyroid conditions. I also look forward to following Vivian’s philosophy and program wholeheartedly! I’ll definitely be on her site to be a sponge and absorb all that I can learn to build my bones in a natural environment. I believe in being diligent, persistent and accountable to oneself. Good luck!

  83. Shirley March 29, 2010, 3:26 pm

    How do I know that you are right and my doctor is wrong. I have had the side effects you mention since taking the pill – but how do know that all this pain I am in is my condition. My doctor has said it is nerve paid and prescribes drugs for epileptics which left me with more side effects – extreme nightmares to say the least and then he prescribes anti-depressants which spaces me out – I end up taking neither and put ut with the paid – I don’t know what to do

  84. Karen March 16, 2010, 2:41 pm

    My 84-year old aunt developed Barrett’s esophagus while taking Fosamax. She finally got off Fosamax but has been taking the Nexium “purple pill” for the Barrett’s esphagus ever since. Now she is sleepy all the time. (It could be from her blood pressure medication or glaucoma drops but I wish she could get off Nexium and see if that helps.)

    QUESTION: Can she wean herself off the purple pill now that she’s off Fosamax or is she stuck with the side effect of Barrett’s esophagus forever? Does anyone know if that side effect is permanent? Thanks for any guidance!

    • Robert June 16, 2010, 8:36 pm

      Try zinc carnosine which is a moleciular combination to treat stomach problems. Look for “Pepzin GI” The purple pill Nexium is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) which severely reduces the stomach acid but it also reduces the absorption of calcium, Vitamin B12 and other beneficial substances. The Zinc heals the stomach lining and should do the same for the esophagus. The carnosine keeps it active.

  85. Sharon Leblang March 13, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I was on fosamax for 10 yrs. One and a half years ago I fractured my left femur after a fall and have a titanium rod and Nov. 20th I fell, had hip repair and after 2 days home I rolled over improperly and 10 days later had a bipolar full hip replacement. I have had no medication in the past 2 yrs. but I did just start strontium over the counter, 500mg. I have been advised to take Reclast or Forteo but worry about the side effects. Would like your thoughts. Thank you.

  86. Patti March 11, 2010, 2:42 pm

    On Brian Williams NBC News March 10, 2010

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#35805449

    just copy and paste to watch the video clip

    Topic is dangers of these drugs…..

  87. Marilyn Maritzer March 9, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I just heard on Canadian TV that fosamax has been responsible for femur fractures in several women in the US. The advice was to speak with you own Dr. After reading all your blogs I have to agree with you & since I have been taking this drug for over 10 years it is about time to stop. Thanks for your information-it is extremely helpful.Merck has not responded as yet.

  88. melvi serate March 8, 2010, 3:12 am

    At this juncture I am not fully convinced of the
    bad side effect of Fosamax., otherwise my Dr.
    would not have prescribed it. My husband is a
    retired Navy MD and has not commented about
    Fosamax. I have friends who have been with Fosamax for years..

    But, I have been experiencing hyper acidity since my trip to the Philippines due to spicy food.

  89. Janet February 28, 2010, 7:46 pm

    I don’t have osteoporosis as yet and would never take any of the drugs no matter what. I take a liquid calcium-magnesium citrate which was recommended to me by a registered dietitian. (great advice) I am late 60s & my bones are in great shape. I do appreciate all your advice also as it is all good & correct. Thankyou.

  90. Linda Smith February 28, 2010, 12:49 am

    But the problem is I have a thyroid condition called psuedohypoparathyroidism which is dibilitating as far as trying to keep calcium in my bones. They have me on Evista now, is that safe?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 13, 2010, 9:44 pm

      Evista has its own long list of quite dangerous side effects.

      • Cheryl Fillinger December 25, 2010, 11:13 am

        Would like to know more about those side effects of Evista.

    • Karen March 16, 2010, 2:56 pm

      My aunt experienced hip pain for years while on Evista. She could barely walk. When I discovered it was a possible side effect, I persuaded her to ask her doctor if she could go off it. Result? She did and her hip pain has faded away.

      I would suggest that you look for patient message boards discussing side effects of Evista, then stay alert for side effects while you take it.

      • Cheryl Fillinger December 25, 2010, 11:14 am

        How do you find patient message boards on this subject.

  91. Audrey Bell February 27, 2010, 4:23 pm

    I TOO AM ON fOSOMAx. My doctor almost insisted that I take it. AFTER ABOUT A MONTH. i talked about coming off and he would not agree with me. I have thoughtabout doing it anyway without his permission.

    Audrey

  92. MRS COLLINS February 26, 2010, 4:58 pm

    I was taking one of these drugs, and I had terrible side affects, like a pain behind the breast bone, reflux, feeling sick, then I got told off from my doctor and put me on another one like ARONNEL which I am not going to take. I am on a drug called Armidex which things the bones, so I am at my wits end, knowing what to do as I am frightened my bones could get weaker. I have been on Arimidex for approx two years, an other three to go.

  93. rosemary ferrigno February 25, 2010, 11:25 pm

    .Vivian,

    A friend of mine who has had breast cancer was
    prescribed Zometa infusion for her bones. Is there an alternative for her. I am looking foward to receiving my Save Our Bones program.
    Thank you for sharing your info.

    Rosemary Ferrigno

  94. Ruth February 22, 2010, 11:10 pm

    How long do you stay on these drugs, and why are you right and the my Dr. wrong

  95. Pat Thornton February 21, 2010, 2:49 am

    I can not understand why Drs. put us on all these drugs that are bad, I am sure they get the same reports that you do. I feel that the Drug Companies give the Dr. a cut for pushing their drugs no matter how bad they are for us! I used to feel..trust your Dr…what do we do????? My right hip & knee has been killing me for years, could that have anything to do with the Boniva and other druse for the bones? My primary care Dr. says take Tylenol! I dont want to live on that stuff.

    • sandra brigham May 14, 2010, 3:49 pm

      It’s easy to know why drugs are perscribed. Yes Dr.’s get cutback and look how wealthly the drug companies are getting. They are laughting all the way to the bank, while we continue to suffer. God made the earth for us to sustain us, but we managed to fowl that up. Another subfaject all together. Go by the program as best you can. Eat right and excerise I will not go back to drugs for strong bones. Luck go with us

    • sandra brigham May 14, 2010, 3:40 pm

      I have read most of the comments today. May 14th, I try to use common sense. The super markets are a challenge,full of poisons. So big are the companies that one might think it’s impossible. I and trying to go organic as best I can. I have been incorporating more fruits and aies veggies. Walking and weights and taking a good cal,mag,etc. and vitiamnins. It’s important to purchase a good product that will absorb well in your system.I was on Fosamax for 9 years it made me very sick could not stand the pain I had for 2 days after I took the meds. a

  96. Barbara Coleman February 20, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I am 81 years old and have been taking osterperosis drugs for approximately 13 years. recently I have noticed joint and muscle pain, which is a side effect of the drugs. The 1st drug I took was Miacalcin nasal spray, actenel weekly, then Boniva monthly. After reading your articles about serious side effects I decided to stop taking the drugs.I did so without consultanting my Dr. My last dose was taken on the 1st Saturday of January. I realize that I probably will not notice any difference right away but at least I won’t be putting anymore drugs into my system. Thank for your research on osteopersis medications.

    • JOSEPHINE May 2, 2010, 9:05 pm

      I was taking Fosomax for five years.Developed
      problems with my esophagus.Stopped.I am also on a medication for 9 years called Prednezone which draws meds out of bones.Can’t stop Prednezone because of extreme pain,so now I am
      forced to think about Reclast IV injection once
      year. I would appreciate your thoughts on my
      comment.

  97. Virginia Lynn February 16, 2010, 4:16 pm

    This is my email address

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