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Osteoporosis

Stopping Fosamax For Oral Surgery

05/27/2008

Question:

I have been on Fosamix for 9 and 1/2 year and need dental surgery. My oral surgeon has advised me to take a Serum CTX #17406 blood test to determine if surgery can be done without ill effects. A drug holiday may be needed for 3 months or six months until levels are normal. Is it safe to stop Fosamix? Should I go off it completely?

Answer:

There should be no problem stopping Fosamax for 6-12 months after you have been on it for 9 years.  Continue your calcium and vitamin D and exercise.

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Response by:

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