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Thursday, July 16, 2009 Eakins, Community Member, asks

Q: How long recommended to take fosamax or others same type drugs?

I am going to be 60 this year and started taking fosamax when 45, then went to Miacalcin for 2-3 years, back to fosamax for 3-5 years, then boniva a 2-3 years and now back to fosamax.  I think I want to discontinue taking anything for a few years.  My bone test have shown improvements and OK now.  Do you think it would be OK for me to stop taking fosamx or anything for now.  I would have my bone density test again in 2 years.I take calcium, exercise daily, mostly walking & eat pretty good.  I am 5'6" 132 lbs small boned

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
7/16/09 6:51pm

Hi Eakins, welcome and thanks for your question.  You sure have taken these meds for a long time, that's really something that you stuck with it.  At some point, especially when you've seen t-score improvements and your fracture risk is low, Drs consider a drug holiday.  Here's an article, from the Daily Herald, that explains this concept and who it applies to.


I would discuss a holiday with your Dr and see what he or she has to say.  These drugs continue to work for a long time, so as long as you aren't at high risk for fracture I think you could consider this providing your Dr agrees.


Good luck and post again if you have any other questions.

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