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    Why am I experiencing tendon pain with my medication?

    I am taking biphosponates and have been experiencing tendon pain. Has this happened to anyone else? Is it normal?
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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic … View Profile

    The most common biophosponate is Alendronate sodium which is sold in australia as Fosamax. This is used to assist those suffering from osteoporosis by slowing down the process of old bone being removed, which allows the bone-forming cells time to rebuild normal bone.

    Musculoskeletal pain is reported in at least 4% of those taking Fosamax with 90% of those being women. 

    Unfortunately, we probably need the input of a pharmacist to explain the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics ofwhy this causes the pain, however rest assured that it does happen to others and although I wouldn't consider it “normal” to have pain… it does occur with this medication. 

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