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Reclast vs Fosamax, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 77

This is personalized comparison of Reclast vs Fosamax for a female aged 77. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Reclast (latest outcomes from 8,614 users) has active ingredients of zoledronic acid. It is often used in osteoporosis.

Fosamax (latest outcomes from 70,342 users) has active ingredients of alendronate sodium. It is often used in osteoporosis.

On Oct, 13, 2014: 18,814 female patients aged 72 who take the same drugs are studied in Reclast vs Fosamax

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female72Osteoporosis

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Reclast zoledronic acidNovartis
Fosamax alendronate sodiumMerck And Co Inc

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 72 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Reclast (Novartis)Fosamax (Merck And Co Inc)
Osteonecrosis (death of bone)Osteonecrosis (death of bone)
Tooth ExtractionFall
Bone DisorderOsteomyelitis (infection of bone)
PainNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Osteomyelitis (infection of bone)Arthralgia (joint pain)
Pain In JawDepression
Arthralgia (joint pain)Anxiety
Impaired HealingHypertension (high blood pressure)
Pyrexia (fever)Femur Fracture
AnxietyChest Pain

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Reclast (Novartis)Fosamax (Merck And Co Inc)
Osteonecrosis (death of bone)Osteonecrosis (death of bone)
Tooth ExtractionOsteomyelitis (infection of bone)
Bone DisorderFall
Osteomyelitis (infection of bone)Depression
Impaired HealingDental Caries
PainAnxiety
Pain In JawOsteoarthritis (a joint disease caused by cartilage loss in a joint)
Aseptic Necrosis BoneImpaired Healing
AnxietyHypertension (high blood pressure)
Tooth Disorder (tooth disease)Femur Fracture

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Reclast18.75%50.00%12.50%18.75%0.00%
Fosamax11.11%37.04%38.89%12.96%0.00%

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On eHealthMe, Reclast (zoledronic acid) is often used to treat osteoporosis. Fosamax (alendronate sodium) is often used to treat osteoporosis. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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