Compare Fosamax vs. Calcitonin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Fosamax
(alendronate)

Miacalcin
(calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Fosamax (alendronate) is a first-choice treatment for osteoporosis, but taking it can be a hassle.Coming soon.
Find lowest prices
Powered by GoodRxSave on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
Coupons for Fosamax
Best available price for 1 (4 tablets of 70mg) dose pack of alendronate
No pricing data for this drug at this filter setting. Try searching onGoodRx
Reviews & ratings
Filter group. All currently selected
Filter group. All currently selected
4.27Fosamax
Reviews for Fosamax (alendronate)
43%
of people (All ages) say Fosamax (alendronate) is worth it
30%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
169 reviews
Have you used Fosamax (alendronate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Miacalcin (calcitonin)
Not enough review data. Review it!
-43% worse vs. Fosamax (alendronate)
Not enough review data. Review it!
-30% worse vs. Fosamax (alendronate)
Not enough review data. Review it!
+19% better vs. Fosamax (alendronate)
Have you used Miacalcin (calcitonin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
FosamaxCalcitonin
  • Abdominal pain 2%
  • Bone, muscle or joint pain 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Gas 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Ulcer in esophagus 2%
More Fosamax side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Calcitonin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Calcitonin »
How it works
FosamaxCalcitonin
Fosamax (alendronate) is a bisphosphonate, which inhibits bone breakdown.Coming soon.
Type of medication
FosamaxCalcitonin
Prescription only
Available as
FosamaxCalcitonin
  • Pill
  • Effervescent tablet
  • Liquid
  • Nasal spray
Used for
FosamaxCalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Pagets Disease Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
FosamaxCalcitonin
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen, and naproxen
  • History of ulcers or stomach or esophageal conditions
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Problems sitting or standing for at least 30 minutes
  • Oral or dental surgery
Detailed Fosamax (alendronate) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Pain
    FosamaxCalcitonin
    • Fosamax (alendronate) can cause bone and muscle pain. However, this is very rare. Stop taking the medication and talk to your doctor if this happens to you.
    • Fosamax (alendronate) can cause fractures in the legs as a result of little or no force. This is rare. If you notice a new dull or aching pain in your hips or thighs, talk to your doctor right away.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    FosamaxCalcitonin
    • First choice to treat osteoporosis
    • Lowers your risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.
    • Available generic.
    • Available as daily, weekly, or twice weekly dosing.
    • Comes as a regular tablet, an oral solution, or effervescent tablet.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    FosamaxCalcitonin
    • Can harm your esophagus if you don't remain upright for 30 minutes after taking it.
    • Not recommended for people who can't sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes.
    • Can increase the risk of atypical fractures.
    • Can cause bad heartburn or stomach problems.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    FosamaxCalcitonin
    • Take first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
    • Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after taking Fosamax (alendronate).
    • Remain upright for 30 minutes after taking Fosamax (alendronate).
    • Talk to your doctor if you develop pain around jaw, throat, chest, abdomen, hips or thighs.
    • Let your doctor know if you have any major dental procedures coming up. You may need to temporarily stop taking Fosamax (alendronate).
    • Dissolve the effervescent tablet in 4 ounces of plain water. When solution stops fizzing, wait 5 minutes before stirring for 10 seconds and drinking.
    Coming soon
    Learn more
    More about FosamaxSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
    Have you used Fosamax (alendronate)?
    Worth itNot sureNot worth it
    More about CalcitoninSide effectsFDA package insert
    Have you used Miacalcin (calcitonin)?
    Worth itNot sureNot worth it