Side Effects of Osteoporosis Medications Like Fosamax, Boniva, and Reclast

How rare are the bisphosphonate class of osteoporosis drugs’ devastating side effects, which ironically include bone fractures?

If the drugs work, might the benefits outweigh the risks? See How Well Do Medicines Like Fosamax Work to Treat Osteoporosis? ( ).

This video was originally part of my webinar all about osteoporosis. You can watch that full recording ( ), which includes a great Q&A.

These stand-alone videos are already live on our site: Fall Prevention Is the Most Important Thing for Preventing Osteoporosis Bone Fractures ( ) and Acid Reflux Medicine May Cause Osteoporosis ( ).

What about calcium supplements for bone health? See Are Calcium Supplements Safe? ( ) and Are Calcium Supplements Effective? ( ).

And milk? See Is Milk Good for Our Bones? ( ).

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  • @benmalek94 says:

  • @cosimavonliebenau8317 says:

    My mother was on Fosamax. Her thigh bone snapped walking up the stairs. She died a week later in hospital.

  • @Spock_Rogers says:


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  • @NutritionFactsOrg says:

    This video was originally part of Dr. Greger’s webinar all about osteoporosis. You can watch that full recording, which includes a great Q&A:

  • @mchagawa1615 says:

    Thank you so much <3

  • @aroundandround says:

    For low BMI people, simply adding body weight helps, and weight training to build muscle is a great way for everyone to strengthen bones.

    Bisphosphonates disrupt the body’s natural equilibrium of formation and resorption.

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