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Review: could Fosamax cause Rheumatoid arthritis?

We study 69,891 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 70,337 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 321,185 patients) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, pain, high blood cholesterol, osteopenia.

On Sep, 12, 2014: 69,889 people reported to have side effects when taking Fosamax. Among them, 1,265 people (1.81%) have Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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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