Q. I took Fosamax for osteoporosis and started waking up every night with hip and leg pain. One friend mentioned that she also developed bone pain while taking Fosamax while another complained of terrible backaches.
I told my doctor and he said he had never heard of such problems. After stopping the drug, the pain gradually subsided. My doctor is still dubious. What other options for osteoporosis won’t cause such terrible pain?
A. Medications like Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva can sometimes cause severe and occasionally incapacitating bone, joint or muscle pain. We’re surprised your doctor was unaware of this complication, as the FDA has issued warnings about it.
There are other drugs for osteoporosis, such as Evista (raloxifene), Forteo (teriparatide) and Miacalcin (calcitonin). We discuss the pros and cons of drugs and non-drug approaches in our Guide to Osteoporosis.