Thanks for your reply, I took my first one yesterday morning and felt tired and a bit nauseous but today I feel back to normal and as I only have to take it once a week even if it stays like this I can manage it but as you say and as I have heard elsewhere the first dose is usually the worst. I only have two more years of taking Letrozole left and therefor only two years of the Alendronic Acid as well so I feel I can manage it.
I think my doctor was the problem here he didn't explain it to me very well, he just said it might give me jaw and tooth problems and make me feel ill when I took it which frightened me as I felt I was going to have to take a drug that would cause problems in one part of my body just to act as a precaution for the osteoporosis which might not even happen and feel ill again like I did on starting the Letrozole but my breast care nurse was much more reassuring when I spoke to her she said the side effects are not common in people who take it orally. I also had a consultation with my dentist who agreed with her, he also added that people who get the dental problems usually only get them when they have been taking it for over five years which was reassuring.
Thanks once again, its so good to be able to talk to fellow travellers 😀
I've been on weekly Alendronic Acid for over two years as osteopenia (neck of femur) and osteoporosis (spine) showed up on bone density scan I had a few months after I started on letrozole. I was also prescribed calcium/vit d daily tablets.
After the first dose I felt quite unwell, headachy and tired for a day or so. After the second dose I felt a little bit under the weather for a day. Since then no problems at all, just a bit of a nuisance having to take them first thing and on an empty stomach and having to stay upright for half hour without eating but you get used to it.
It's been worth taking it as my follow up bone density scan showed an improvement. I no longer have osteoporosis as it's moved into the osteopenia category and the hip with osteopenia has strengthened as well. So for me definitely worth taking. Still carrying on with the treatment and repeat scan again in two years.
Hope it goes well for you too.
I am going to take my first Alendronic Acid tablet tomorrow morning, I am feeling a bit nervous, I know taking it is the best option as I am almost osteoporotic after being on Letrozole for three years, I have discussed it with my doctor, BC nurse and dentist but would also be interested to hear how any of you ladies found it and any encouragement/advice you can give from personal experience.