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Review: could Fosamax cause Rheumatoid arthritis?

Summary: Rheumatoid arthritis could be caused by Fosamax, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take Fosamax plus d, and have Osteoporosis.

We study 69,878 people who have side effects while taking Fosamax from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,235 have Rheumatoid arthritis. Find out below who they are, when they have Rheumatoid arthritis and more.

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Fosamax

Fosamax (latest outcomes from 70,323 users) has active ingredients of alendronate sodium. It is often used in osteoporosis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation in the joints) (latest reports from 292,790 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, pain, high blood cholesterol, osteopenia.

On Apr, 7, 2014: 69,856 people reported to have side effects when taking Fosamax. Among them, 1,265 people (1.81%) have Rheumatoid Arthritis. They amount to 0.43% of all the 292,188 people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis on eHealthMe.

Trend of Rheumatoid arthritis in Fosamax reports

Time on Fosamax when people have Rheumatoid arthritis * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Rheumatoid arthritis2.13%7.00%6.62%11.60%29.76%32.06%10.83%

Age of people who have Rheumatoid arthritis when taking Fosamax * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Rheumatoid arthritis0.00%0.00%0.16%0.04%3.53%16.22%26.19%53.86%

Severity of Rheumatoid arthritis when taking Fosamax ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Rheumatoid arthritis0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Rheumatoid arthritis ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Rheumatoid arthritis0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Osteoporosis (1,265 people, 100.00%)
  2. Osteopenia (1,168 people, 92.33%)
  3. Rheumatoid arthritis (558 people, 44.11%)
  4. Hypertension (233 people, 18.42%)
  5. Arthritis (157 people, 12.41%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Fosamax plus d (657 people, 51.94%)
  2. Prednisone (564 people, 44.58%)
  3. Alendronate sodium (475 people, 37.55%)
  4. [therapy unspecified] (314 people, 24.82%)
  5. Synthroid (276 people, 21.82%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Sarcoidosis caused complete heart block. Pacemaker implanted in December 2009 but for the past two years I have had palpitations caused by around 3.7 million ectopic heartbeats per year.

    Sarcoidosis also in lungs and eyes. Extended use of Pred Forte caused development of cataracts, one of which has been removed and I am awaiting the second operation.

    Breathlessness is caused by lack of oxygen entering the bloodstream and my ongoing heart problems

    Rarely able to sleep properly due to pain, sleeping for about 20 minutes at a time when I become so exhausted that the pain can't keep me awake

    Muscle and joint pain have made me weak and clumsy.Pain is felt all over, from head to toes along with muscle cramps and intense burning sensation to skin on lower legs.

    ACE levels fluctuate but average 110 - 150.

    Blood pressure on average is 150 / 78 - no treatment given

    I also take Nefopam Hydrochloride (Acupan) for pain but this drug is not on the list.

    Immobility, fatigue and constant pain have left me very depressed ad harbouring thoughts of suicide. My 15 year old granddaughter has lived with me since the death of my daughter 11 years ago and it is my hope that I will live long enough to see her settled in college and independent after which the only thing I have to look forward to is to end my own suffering.

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