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Elizabeth from Edmonton asks: I was prescribed Fosamax (alendronate) last year. Is this a medication that I take for the rest of my days? It was prescribed to help my thinning bones. Is there a better drug on the market in 2015?

Alendronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates, which are most commonly used in the management of osteoporosis.  There are other options on the market in this same class, but that is not to say one is better than the other.  Usually, when one starts treatment for osteoporosis, it is for a longer period of time, at least a few years.  However, the optimal period of  time to remain on treatment remains unclear.  There are other medications for osteoporosis available too, but none that are clearly better.  Speak with your rheumatologist or family doctor to find out if another option is right for you.

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