I said I'd write this post as it may or may not help anyone considering taking this medication to make a decision.
I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis in 2016, having being diagnosed coeliac in 2015. My t score at the time was -2.5 in my Spine. I also had osteopenia in my hips. I was advised then to go on medication but refused.
2 years later in a follow up dexa scan my T score was -2.7 in spine on a different machine. My doctor frightened the life out of me at the time and i felt i had no option but to take the medication. I have been taking it for just over 2 years. I was very lucky and didn't have any harsh side affects.
My plan was to come off the meds if my recent dexa scan showed improvement. I had my scan 2 weeks ago and have had a 5% improvement in my spine. My T score is now -1.9 in my L1-L3 Spine. I asked for a print out of my results as advised by several people on this forum and I was very confused by what was down on paper.
Instead of seeing T score of -2.7 for spine in 2018, I read that my T score then was -2.2. I emailed the hospital Radiology dept. for clarity not expecting them to answer but in fairness they did. I was really bothered because if i was told my T score was -2.2 in 2018 I would never have agreed to go on meds. They told me that my L2 vertebrae then was -2.8 but my average L1 to L3 T score was -2.2 in 2018. My L2 vertebrae has gone from -2.8 to -2.2. I now have osteopenia instead of Osteoporosis.
Apart from taking Alendronic acid i have increased my exercise routine. I'm 62 this year and I'm retired so doing a half hour of stretches, weights, heel bumps and some floor exercises every morning isn't a problem. I have a dog who needs to be walked so I walk between 3 and 5 miles every day. My diet is good, I'm coeliac and I cook everything from scratch. I take cod liver oil and vit D. I stopped taking calcium a few years ago because i get enough in my diet. I make my own Kefir, water and Milk and thats great for the gut. It also contains valuable Vit K2. I eat prunes for Boron. I have epsom salt bath regularly for magnesium but i'm going to take that as a supplement when I find the right one because I find the baths are brilliant and give temporary relief from age related arthritic pain.
I'll keep taking the Alendronic Acid until my prescription runs out in June. I will have been on it 2 and a half years then. I'm hoping that by doing the right things exercise and diet wise my bone won't have deteriorated too much by the time i have my next scan in 2 years time. I'm sorry this post is so long but I am a work in progress and if you have any thoughts or knowledge on what i can expect to see in my next scan i'd appreciate it.