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Taking Fosamax for More Than 5 Years



I am a 74 year old female and I have been taking fosamax for 8 years. Can I continue to take it safely for more years or will it begin to have a negative effect on my bones?


Recent research has shown that people who have taken Fosamax for 5 years can stop it for a few years and continue to derive benefit.  Those who have had vertebral compression fractures and who are at high risk of more compression fractures should consider continuing the Fosamax.

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Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati