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Date:3/19/2008

n for a year. But, he added, this shouldn't be done on your own. "If you've been on alendronate for a long time, talk to your doctor," he suggested.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January issued an alert to physicians about the possibility of severe bone pain occurring as a result of bisphosphonate therapy. Additionally, last year Fosamax was also implicated in some cases of atrial fibrillation -- a serious type of irregular heartbeat -- though the FDA hasn't found evidence to support this association.

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Visit the National Library of Medicine to learn more about alendronate.



SOURCES: Joseph Lane, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery, and chief, metabolic bone diseases, Weill Cornell Medical College Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City; Ron Rogers, spokesperson, Merck, Whitehouse Station, N.J.; Loren Wissner Greene, M.D., endocrinologist, clinical associate professor of medicine and co-director of the osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease program, New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center; March 20, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine


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