Evening to all here. I'm an active slim 60 yr old female. Lots of walking, gardening etc. Eat healthily, yet enjoy the occasional naughty pieces of chocolate and real (dairy) ice cream. Partial thyroidectomy 20 years ago, so take 50mcg thyroxine daily.
Reasonable cholesterol levels (yearly check as with thyroid)) usual patter with the doc-no I'm not going on statins as the LDL'S and HDL's ratio is good irrespective of the number and I have a good diet:-) Sorry Doc; I have control over my life.
DEXA scan a couple of years ago was slightly alarming. Plopped on calcium tablets with D3, yet the percentage of both was so low, as to be nearly ineffective; also interactive with the thryoxine:-)
Internet search showed one should also take a higher percentage of magnesium too. Doc unaware of this. Also had a print out of the "benefits" of taking the osteoporosis drugs. I chose to refuse all of them, as most have previously used as an industrial cleaner:-)
Last week, I was co-erced into trying the alendronic acid tablets (generic form of fosamax). OK Doc, your mum takes them and she seems to be OK--so I'll give them a whizz short term. Well--why does one only use them for 5 years, like the breast cancer drug Tamoxafen? Is this another wheeze for the pharma companies to do their research on us, the unsuspecting Joe Public? My Doc "couldn't possibly comment". I also requested calcium citrate instead of carbonate tablets--well what a nonsense to get them. Am happy to buy my own D3 tablets from the well known High Street Company.
So with a totally open mind I took one tablet 8 days ago. To be honest when it was stated "drink with at least 8oz of water, (not mineral), stand/sit upright for at least 30 minutes afterwards, eat nothing and drink nothing else my alarm bells started ringing, yet was happy to give the benefit of the doubt! 8 hrs later, the side effects were truly horrendous. I shall be relaying these to the Pharma company--yet in all honesty, I feel they couldn't really care as they're making mega millions from those prescribing this "wonder drug".
I tried to find information on the net as to how long after just one tablet one could expect all these horrible side effects to carry on. Surprise---found nothing.
All I know, through doing intensive internet research is: these tablets do not increase bone density. They DO increase the fracture rate through brittle bones (different to low bone density). Perhaps I'm just so aware (and sceptical) of all these "great" pharma companies "reseach". Perhaps, buyer be(a)ware could be the order of the day eh?! Would be happy to let you know of the horrendous side effects of just taking one tablet. Barbs 6
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