Important Information for Women Taking Fosamax

Women taking Fosamax & similar medicines for osteoporosis need more vitamin D.

For those who don’t know, Fosamax is a bisphosphonate (pronounced bis-foss-fo-nate), a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone mass, and are used to treat osteoporosis and similar diseases. They are the most commonly prescribed drugs used to treat osteoporosis.  Fosamax and other bisphosphonates alter the cycle of bone breakdown by slowing bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures and ultimately reduces the risk of osteoporosis. 

Fosamax is most commonly prescribed for women to treat or prevent osteoporosis.  Here’s what you need to know if you are a woman taking Fosamax or similar medicine for osteoporosis:

A recent study published in Osteoporosis International found women with higher levels of vitamin D - levels higher than considered adequate by the National Institutes of Health - responded more favorably to ongoing bisphosphonate treatment.  This means women with osteoporosis who are taking bisphosphonates need extra vitamin D.

If you are taking Fosamax or similar medicines, it’s probably a good idea to ask your physician to check your vitamin D levels. The National Institutes of Health recommend 600IU of vitamin D daily for women age 51-70.  However, Silical™ 1 contains 1,000 IU - based more closely on the recommendation from National Osteoporosis Foundation of 1,000 IU for anyone older than age 50 years. Vitamin D and other ingredients in Silical™ System* compensate for dietary deficiencies, recognizing it is almost impossible to get enough vitamin D from diet alone. This includes essentials like calcium, magnesium and vitamin D (Silical 1), as well as breakthrough bone health nutrients silicon, boron, inositol, l-arginine and vitamin K (Silical 2).

Merck & Co., Inc. recently marketed a new version of Fosamax - Fosamax PLUS D.  You may be asking why not simply switch? Fosamax PLUS D has strict recommendations that include staying upright for at least 30 minutes after taking; taking first thing in the morning 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything; has a lengthy list of possible side effects; and is not advised for those taking antacids or other nutritional supplements.
As always, we advise talking with your doctor and opting for a natural supplement for continuous bone support.

*Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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