Q. I have osteoporosis and my doctor prescribed Fosamax. I took it for years, but it caused severe heartburn that I could not handle.
When I complained to the doctor, he offered Boniva. Reading the label, I found that it too could affect the esophagus. What else can I do to protect my bones?
A. Both alendronate (Fosamax) and ibandronate (Boniva) are in the same class of osteoporosis drugs. Although they are popular, there are other treatments to strengthen bones, and some are less likely to irritate the esophagus.
We are sending you our Guide to Osteoporosis for more details.