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Topic: Fosamax

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss —

Talk with others about bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and ways to keep your bones strong

Posted on: Aug 7, 2014 04:42PM

SallyS70 wrote:

I was diagnosed with osteopenia just before my breast cancer diagnosis.  My PCP suggested that I begin taking Fosamax once a week.  Last week after the first dose, I had foot cramps, I seemed more fatigued than usual, and I had mild headaches.  I am taking Arimidex, so I am wondering if the Fosamax and the Arimidex together may have prompted these side effects.  I just reread a Fosamax side effects' list and see that headaches are listed, but foot cramps and fatigue are not listed.  I did not take this week's dose and was back to normal.  I realize that my anxiety over starting a new medication may have added to last week's issues.  I would welcome information and thoughts about bone density drugs.

Dx 10/28/2013, DCIS Dx 10/28/2013, IDC, Stage IA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/13/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/6/2014
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Aug 23, 2014 10:35AM Golden01 wrote:

I just picked up my prescription yesterday for Fosamax and am also on Arimidex. I already have osteopenia too.  I haven't started taking it yet so can't add anything about the side effects. I understood about taking in on an empty stomach and not going back to bed or eating but I didn't know that it meant no coffee!!! Does that really make a difference? 

I usually have a few cups of coffee and then head out for an hour-long morning walk. I planned to take my Fosamax after the coffee and before the walk. Not sure I'll be awake enough for the walk without my coffee!!

Any advice? 

Mucinous Carcinoma, Hypercellular Variant; Oncotype DX 27, Dx 7/8/2011, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 23, 2014 02:11PM SallyS70 wrote:

Hi.  I took one dose then stopped.  I plan to start again this Monday.  I don't know the answer to your coffee question.  Hopefully other people will post with an answer for you.

Dx 10/28/2013, DCIS Dx 10/28/2013, IDC, Stage IA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/13/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/6/2014
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Aug 23, 2014 02:16PM Golden01 wrote:

Why did you stop?

Mucinous Carcinoma, Hypercellular Variant; Oncotype DX 27, Dx 7/8/2011, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 23, 2014 02:33PM SallyS70 wrote:

I stopped after one dose because I wanted to research the drug.  I feel comfortable restarting it.

Dx 10/28/2013, DCIS Dx 10/28/2013, IDC, Stage IA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/13/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/6/2014
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Aug 23, 2014 05:49PM Janett2014 wrote:

I'm pretty sure it's no to the coffee because I think it's no to even water for that 30 minutes. I've been on weekly Fosamax for a few years and started Anastrazole on May 29 of this year. I have had no issues with Fosamax, except it is sometimes inconvenient to wait the 30 minutes to eat or drink. The only SE so far with the Anastrazole is that I have 3-5 mild hot flashes a day. 

Diagnosed age 60 with IDC in 2014. Stage 1A, Grade 2, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Cancer on both sides, bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction with silicone implants, Oncotype 16, Arimidex (Anastrozole) 5 years. There are more details in my biography.
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Aug 23, 2014 05:54PM Janett2014 wrote:

Forgot to say this. I too have osteopenia. I think it has been 3 or 4 years. I will be VERY interested to see my bone density numbers this fall when I have the yearly scan. 

Diagnosed age 60 with IDC in 2014. Stage 1A, Grade 2, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Cancer on both sides, bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction with silicone implants, Oncotype 16, Arimidex (Anastrozole) 5 years. There are more details in my biography.
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Aug 23, 2014 06:49PM SallyS70 wrote:

Janett, do you take the Fosamax with a full glass of water?

Dx 10/28/2013, DCIS Dx 10/28/2013, IDC, Stage IA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/13/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/6/2014
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Aug 23, 2014 07:30PM Golden01 wrote:

Oh my, I really need to read up on the details. I need to drink water on my walk so thought I could have more water than the eight ounces after I took the pill. Will check out all the details before that first dose!

Mucinous Carcinoma, Hypercellular Variant; Oncotype DX 27, Dx 7/8/2011, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 23, 2014 08:30PM SallyS70 wrote:

I need to reread instructions too.

Dx 10/28/2013, DCIS Dx 10/28/2013, IDC, Stage IA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/13/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/3/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 1/6/2014
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Aug 23, 2014 08:42PM BrooksideVT wrote:

Well, I just reread the instructions, which say to take the pill with 6-8 ounces of water .  I've been assuming it was best to jsut keep right on drinking throughout that first half hour, but now that I've read your posts (and the directions), I guess the idea is 6-8 ounces, period.

Dx 11/21/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/21/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/4/2014 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 9/28/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 23, 2014 08:54PM Golden01 wrote:

I'm going to call my pharmacist before I take my first one to get this figured out for sure. I think water is okay, my directions say "After swallowing aldendronate sodium tablet, wait at least 30 minutes: . . .. .Before you take your first food or drink except for plain water. . . . . "

Mucinous Carcinoma, Hypercellular Variant; Oncotype DX 27, Dx 7/8/2011, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 25, 2014 08:48AM Golden01 wrote:

Was at the pharmacy yesterday so talked to the pharmacist and got the straight scoop. No food or drink before taking the Fosamax. Take it with 6-8 ounces of plain water. Nothing to eat or drink except plain water for 30 minutes (and don't lie down). She said drinking the plain water on my walk would be fine. I had eaten by the time I went to the drug store yesterday and today have a bit of a sore foot some am not going for my walk. I'm going to wait until Saturday, take my pill, and go out for my walk with a bottle of plain water. Hope it doesn't rain. 

Mucinous Carcinoma, Hypercellular Variant; Oncotype DX 27, Dx 7/8/2011, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 7/20/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 2, 2015 07:51AM jakee1960 wrote:

I have been taking anastrozole. Six months after starting I developed trigger finger. It went away after a few months, although they still hurt sometimes. I just started taking generic fosamax and my ankles and calves have been hurting. I have also been getting headaches. I had been walking 5-6 miles before starting Fosamax , now it is so painful I dread walking and only make 1-2 miles because of pai

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Sep 8, 2015 01:42AM metalopolous wrote:

I would not take it as Ive heard of many many bad side effects from this drug from esphogus cancers to rashes to loosing teeth .

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Sep 17, 2015 08:40AM HomeMom wrote:

Hmmm I've been taking it for almost 6mos. I take it after dinner with a glass of water along with my Arimidex, Vit D, biotin, and calcium. I was in the "gray" area for Ostioperosis in my spine. I haven't had my second bone density test to see if it is working.

Dx 3/31/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/6/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 5/30/2014 AC Chemotherapy 7/25/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/16/2014 Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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