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Topic: Daily vs weekly oral bisphosphonates???

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss —

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Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 11:07AM

FaceForward wrote:

For those on oral bisphosphonates (such as Fosamax), did you choose daily or weekly and why? As usual, I'm on the fence about yet another decision looming before me. I'm trying to gather some actual real world wisdom from my bc sisters here.

Dx 10/19/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 10/19/2018, Right, ER+/PR+ Surgery 11/29/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 1/16/2019 Whole-breast: Breast
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Mar 15, 2019 03:58PM - edited Mar 15, 2019 03:59PM by letsgogolf

I take Fosamax weekley and have had no issues at all. I initially tried Boniva which is a once per month pill and I hated it. The first month I actually thought I had food poisoning. I had severe vomiting and diarrhea for 9 days. When it happened again after the second dose I realized that it was from the drug. If you are a Sam's Plus member you can get both of these for very little $$.

Oncotype DX = 3. IDC with Lobular Features. Sentinel Node had Micrometastases - Estrogen 100%, Progesterone 99.89%, Ki67= 3.3% Dx 2/14/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/5/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy
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Mar 16, 2019 12:33PM vlnrph wrote:

When I was employed as a pharmacist, the vast majority of my bisphosphonate dispensing was for the weekly regimen. Picking the day most convenient for the individual’s schedule seemed to help with adherence - after taking the tablet with a full glass of water, you need to wait before eating and don’t lie down!

IDC too! 🎻💊👪🐩 🇫🇮 🌹🦋 Rt MX+DIEP 4-2011; ALND 5-2011 d/t micromets; TC X 4; tamoxifen; lymphedema 9-2011; switch to letrozole 3-2014 for 1 yr; bone mets 8-2018: Zometa, rads to spine, Faslodex/Versenio Dx 3/7/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 16, 2019 01:38PM Murfy wrote:

Hi FF, I'm on a generic once-a-week Fosamax. Have noticed some reflux, but is controlled with Tums. Will get my 2-yr bone scan later this year and will let y'all know if it's working!

Dx at 62: Oncotype=52; Path (ER=99%, PR=0%, Ki67=55%) Dx 10/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/13/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2018 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Mar 16, 2019 02:51PM letsgogolf wrote:

I take mine on Fridays. I think of it as Fosamax Friday and just put the tablet on top in my pill case so that I won't forget and take all of my vitamins and thyroid pill until later that morning. Oh yes, a full glass of water and no lying down is required for at least 1 hour.

Oncotype DX = 3. IDC with Lobular Features. Sentinel Node had Micrometastases - Estrogen 100%, Progesterone 99.89%, Ki67= 3.3% Dx 2/14/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/5/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy

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