I have osteoporosis and took alendronate for 5 years with good results and no side effects. I’ve been on a drug holiday for 2 years, but from my latest bone mineral density test results it looks like I’ll need to resume treatment. So I have some questions for those of you on treatment for osteoporosis:
- What drug are you taking?
- What side effects have you had, how severe were they, and how long did they last?
- If you were on a drug holiday and resumed treatment, did you go back to the same drug or did the doctor prescribe a different drug?
I’m especially curious about the last question because at my last appointment, my doctor said that if I needed to resume treatment it would be a different drug. I didn’t think to ask him which one and why. I’ve researched treatment guidelines, and I haven’t found any recommendation or even suggestion to change drugs after a holiday. Bisphosphonates appear to be the first line therapy, even after a drug holiday. I did well with alendronate so I don’t see any reason to change drugs and risk nasty side effects.