Fosamax and esophagus

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Does anyone out there have esophagus cancer? And did you have a history of taking Fosamax?
Food and Drug Administration raised concerns about the potential for some serious side effects in women taking bone-building drugs called bisphosphonates, specifically Fosamax, Actonel and Reclast. The published findings are not new.
Can prolonged Fosamax use damage the throat lining and if so, what is the treatment?
Hi spitfire...eek I did the same thing after fosamax. My former GP told me I had early bone loss (I cant remember the name she gave it) after a bone scan, then after seeinig my ENT about the issue he told me my esophagus was actually irritated from the med. And of course the "panic" when you feel as if you cant swallow only makes it worse. He looked at me as if I was nuts when I told him I was even on the fosamax, and recommended I stop it altogether.
Is it dangerous to do this, take the pill and eat before 30 minutes are up? Thanks ______ Dear Kim, Fosamax has been shown to cause severe irritation of the esophageal mucosa if there is prolonged contact between the pill and the esophageal lining. I assume that there is concern of increased reflux of Fosmamx into the esophagus (prolonging contact with the esophageal lining)if the pill is still in the stomach when eating begins. This information is presented for educational purposes only.
Never have experienced any previous gastric issues. Non-smoker, non-drinker, non-spicy foods. Have taken Fosamax for osteopenia for 2 years and wonder if this could cause my problem. Taking Prilosec for 30 days made no difference in condition. Any ideas as to cause?
When he retired, I spoke to her new doctor about stopping Fosamax, as I've read that one should not be on it for more than five years. The doctor agreed and told my Mother she could stop. About a year later, she was diagnosed with upper gastric cancer.
Thinking it was GERD from taking an increased dose of Fosamax, I consulted a GI doctor, had an endoscopy, which showed erythema in lower 1/3 of esophagus and mild gastritis. I've taken high doses of Priolosec, Nexium, Zantac, Aciphex, Carafate. Nothing makes the taste go away. Certain foods make the taste worse - chocolate, tomatoes. Checked with dentist - no periodontal problems causing the taste. I do have a chronic postnasal drip - should I see if my sinuses are causing the bad taste?
This backwash of acid causes irritation and inflammation of the lining of your esophagus. Normally, when you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter — a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of your esophagus — relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then it closes again. If you have GERD, this band of muscle doesn't work properly.
This backwash of acid causes irritation and inflammation of the lining of your esophagus. Normally, when you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter — a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of your esophagus — relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then it closes again. If you have GERD, this band of muscle doesn't work properly.
This backwash of acid causes irritation and inflammation of the lining of your esophagus. Normally, when you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter — a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of your esophagus — relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then it closes again. If you have GERD, this band of muscle doesn't work properly.
Mild squamous hyperplasia. I'm not a doctor and don't know which way to turn. Diagnosed 11-30-12 and on Pepcid 40mg and Librax. No Prevacid AC. 2 pills about killed me. So no PPI's for me. Did the Fosamax 70mg cause the Barret's? ( just quit taking after 1 year) Is the Barrets causing gall bladder disease? or the other way around? Pain in right waist and flank. Yes, I am on diets for both and it is easier to tell you what I can eat than the other way around. Not much. I have lost 15 lbs.
For starters, say no to pizza and coffee. And jack up the head of your bed 6 inches if you get reflux at night (the worst time).
Thinking it was GERD from taking an increased dose of Fosamax, I consulted a GI doctor, had an endoscopy, which showed erythema in lower 1/3 of esophagus and mild gastritis. I've taken high doses of Priolosec, Nexium, Zantac, Aciphex, Carafate. Nothing makes the taste go away. Certain foods make the taste worse - chocolate, tomatoes. Checked with dentist - no periodontal problems causing the taste. I do have a chronic postnasal drip - should I see if my sinuses are causing the bad taste?
I was dx with osteopenia a month before I started treatment for C and began taking fosamax weekly - the low dose 35 mg per week. Before tx for C my hip T score was -1.7. After treatment my T score was -1.3, so it did improve. The lumbar spine T score imporved during that time too. I continued to take the fosamax thoughout my tx and did not clear the virus, so would surmise the improvement was from the fosamax and not anything else.
Was there no indication for the various types of angina (stable, unstable, pinzmetal)? Have you had a stress test? Have you had an EGD to evaluate your esophagus and stomach? Have you had a CT of the chest to rule out pulmonary causes? You should follow up with your PCP. If your other workup (for heart, pulmonary, and GI causes) was complete and normal, a referral to physical therapy would be recommended.
I'm on pain meds and fosamax. I abused exlax and diuretics for several years, and now I cant go to the bathroom normally and my kidneys have been damaged so much that I have been on dialysis once at my sickest. I suffer severe depression, PTSD, conversion disorder, Complicated grief... I can go on... but I wont. In the last 4 years I have spent most of my time in hospital on a psychiatric ward or in the icu. This March I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Esophageal Adenocarcinoma (now stage 3).
My doctor said that if it's worse next year I will have to do IV Reclast because Fosamax is too hard on the esophagus. All the studies I've read showed that calcium therapy wasn't enough to increase bone density in ED patients so I have to say I'm a little discouraged. Has anyone had success in increasing their bone mass?
I tested negative for H. pylori and thrush. What else cold cause a burning and itching in the esophagus? (It actually got worse on Prilosec.) could there be some other kind of fungus or parasite? A RAST test showed that I had a huge reaction to mold, but I don't have any allergy symptoms. If I take an antihistamine, my esophagus doesn't feel any better.Is this some kind oof nociceptive pain? I've been to two specialists and I can't get any relief. I used to be such a happy person.
I had an Endosocopy on January 8th . Questionalble biopsies and my Esophagus is completely eroded from throwing up over eleven years. In 2001 was in a Comatose staight. I was throwing up for four months from Fosamax daily. Help, the mold will finally be removed in February. I hope its not to late. They just tell me the pain and take Tylenol. My CT scan showed nothing but a possible Duodnum ulcer, Not sure. This pain is severe. What do lyou think it is?
After a while, usually 10 to 20 minutes she will feel better. She is currently taking the medication fosamax, and we were warned that a possible side effect was damage to the esophagus, but we are very careful to follow the protocol required when taking the pill. At one time, years ago, she was told she had a hiatal hernia, which caused some discomfort after eating occasionally, but never any problems taking pills.
I've had migraines off and on since I was a young teen and since I've gotten ill with fibromyalgia and lupus, they have gotten worse (I'm aware that they can go along with both/either one of those conditions). The past several months they have gotten much more frequent and severe - sometimes having 3-4 of them a week. They are "typical" migraines with the visual auras, nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, etc. - nothing in that regard has changed.
I have to have a Colonoscopy also. My ESophagus was destroyed by years of throwing up from Fosamax daily, weekly, whatever. I also have back pain and Severe Osteoporsis. I am so frustrated since my doctor never told me the 92 level. I asked for my blood work. I worked in the Medical field. But didn't know what Alt meant. I called my doctors office and was told by the tech my Alt was 92. What should I do. I am still on the Lexapro and Trazadone. Help before its to late.
She is currently taking the medication fosamax, and we were warned that a possible side effect was damage to the esophagus, but we are very careful to follow the protocol required when taking the pill. At one time, years ago, she was told she had a hiatal hernia, which caused some discomfort after eating occasionally, but never any problems taking pills. I am torn over to insist on a doctors visit which she is opposed to, or wait and see if it gets any worse.
The Fosamax can cause ulcers of the esophagus if you lie down or if you don't drink enough water with the pill. They recommend 6 to 8 oz. of water - but I drink a good 12 oz glass. There's also some new stuff - I recently read an article about an annual shot that will replace weekly pills - don't know if it's on the market yet. Unless you're very frail, you should get 5 lb. weights - and later, for certain exercises, 8 and 10 lb weights. The rest of your exercise plans sound terrific.
Are you all aware of the osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax and the one that's injected once a year being linked to Afib as well as causing fractures? Don't want to scare anyone on these drugs, but when I read the warnings about the once-a-year injectable drug my family doctor was about to put me on, I asked my cardiologist and he said it's not for me.
I just remembered, there is a medical FOOD called Fosteum for treating osteoporosis. Essentually, it is Vitamin D, genestein and a form of Zinc. You may want to check this out first and try it for a year before going the route of those nasty drugs.
They can do an upper GI of your stomach and esophagus to check to see if when you drink something it backs up into your throat. They have pills that you can take or drink that can help coat your stomach so it doesn't back up into the throat and/or it can help prevent acid erosion. As for the white dots on your tonsils they may be pus pockets or tonsil stones. Do you have a fever? If not I wouldn't worry about the white patches.
I often forget to take the right amount of calcium, and I do knw the doctor has warned me about it. He said the Fosamax will take the calcium from my bloodstream and make sure the bones get enough, but that other ares of the body will be lacking and there will be problems. I am going to add B12 and potassium, too, to see if that works. Incredible that so many women have the same thing and no one knows what it is. Please keep us posted if anyone learns anything.
He's also going to order the nasty barium swallow exam to look at my esophagus. I asked him if he thought that the chest discomfort and huge increase in acid reflux could be related to the Lupus. He said yes, b/c of the fact that my ANA had a nucleolar (and homogenous) pattern, which he said can be associated w/ esophagal lining issues. I'm finding this all very interesting...it's seems that all the weird **** happening to me since late August is tieing together....
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