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March 5, 2019 Read Time - 5 minutes

Can You Get a Fosamax Prescription Online?

Do you have or are you at risk for osteoporosis? If so, you may have heard about Fosamax and you may have questions like how does Fosamax work, what are the benefits and side effects, what drug interactions does it have, and can you get a Fosamax prescription online? Here’s a rundown on what you should know about Fosamax.

What is Fosamax?

Fosamax is the brand name for alendronate, a medication that’s used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (bone loss) in adults.

How Does Fosamax Work?

Fosamax belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, which slows the rate of bone loss and helps prevent broken bones that result from bone loss.

Fosamax Dosage and Treatment

It is critically important to follow your doctor’s directions EXACTLY when they prescribe you Fosamax. Failing to do so can cause serious side effects or even a potentially dangerous overdose.

Generally, Fosamax is prescribed as either 10 mg per day OR 70 mg once a week. Make sure you know whether you are supposed to take the medication every day or only once a week so that you get the proper dosage.

Fosamax must be taken first thing when you get up in the morning with a full glass of still water. You must avoid drinking any other liquids, eating any foods, or taking any other medications for at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax, and it’s better to wait at least an hour or two to give your body plenty of time to absorb the Fosamax.

To reduce the risk of damage to your esophagus, you must remain sitting or standing for 30 minutes after taking the medication. You must not lie down again during this time.

If you have any questions about how to take Fosamax, be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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Benefits of Fosamax

Fosamax can slow down bone loss that leads to broken bones in people with osteoporosis or Paget’s disease.

Side Effects of Fosamax

All medications can cause side effects, but some of the side effects of Fosamax can be particularly dangerous or debilitating, so be sure to talk to your doctor about whether the benefits outweigh the risks in your particular situation. Potential side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Swelling of joints/hands/ankles/feet
  • Muscle, bone, or joint pain
  • Pain or difficulty with swallowing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Black/tarry stools
  • Pain or burning under the ribs or in the back
  • Low calcium levels – muscle spasms or contractions, numbness or tingly feeling (around your mouth, or in your fingers and toes)
  • Jaw necrosis (jaw numbness, pain, or swelling)
  • Unusual thigh bone fractures
  • Ulcers of the esophagus
  • Worsened asthma symptoms

Considerations and Precautions of Fosamax

Fosamax isn’t right for everybody. Always make sure to tell your doctor about all of your health conditions and medications that you are currently taking, including OTC medications, vitamins, supplements, and other drugs.

Fosamax Interactions

It’s crucial that you avoid taking ANY medications, supplements, or vitamins for at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax to ensure that your body properly absorbs it.

Smoking and drinking can accelerate bone loss and should be avoided while you’re taking Fosamax.

Tell your doctor if you take any of the following medications:

  • Aspirin
  • Antacids
  • NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) – ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others

Other Fosamax Considerations

You should not take Fosamax if:

  • You are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
  • You have problems with your esophagus
  • You have low levels of calcium in your blood
  • You can’t sit or stand for at least 30 minutes after taking the medication

Tell your doctor if you have had any of the following:

  • Hypocalcemia
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Kidney disease
  • Trouble with your stomach or digestion
  • A dental problem (you may need a dental exam before you begin taking alendronate)
  • Any condition that makes it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients from food (malabsorption)
    • Book on our free mobile app or website.

      Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

    • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

    • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Can You Buy Fosamax Online?

Be wary of any website that claims you can buy Fosamax online and have it shipped to your door. By law, you must have a consultation with a doctor first before you can get any prescriptions, and that doctor must send prescriptions to a pharmacy.

Luckily, there are reputable sites like PlushCare where you can have a video or phone appointment with a trusted doctor who will discuss your medical concerns and current medications and decide if Fosamax or another medication is the best option for you.

To talk to one of our experienced doctors, just click here or call (888) 660-5348 to schedule an online appointment to discuss whether you would benefit from Fosamax. If the doctor believes that Fosamax is good for you, they will electronically send your prescription to your local pharmacy, where you can pick it up when it’s ready. It’s that easy to buy Fosamax online!

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Sources:

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Medline Plus. Fosamax. Accessed on February 10, 2021 at  https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601011.html

NIH. Fosamax. Accessed on February 10, 2021 at https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=f2dcfb39-a7c2-4e39-9e35-852a3a74f947

hopkinsarthritis.org. Fosamax. Accessed on February 10, 2021 at https://www.hopkinsarthritis.org/patient-corner/drug-information/alendronate-fosamax/

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