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 and is available as a generic, 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.
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

Not enough reviews for this drug. Help someone out, leave a review!

Have you used Miacalcin (Calcitonin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
FosamaxCalcitonin

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

FDA side effect reports for Fosamax »

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. It slows down osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. This results in greater bone mass and lowers the possibility of fractures.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
      • Oral or dental surgery
      • Cancer
      • Poor oral hygiene
          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.

          Food
          FosamaxCalcitonin
          • People on Fosamax (Alendronate) have reported breakdown of the jaw bone. This is rare. This can happen if you have oral or dental surgery, or if you have poor oral hygiene. If you notice pain, swelling or an infection in your jaw, talk to your doctor right away. Also, tell your surgeon that you are taking Fosamax (Alendronate).
          No food related info.
          Upsides and benefits
          FosamaxCalcitonin
          • Lowers your risk of bone fractures.
          • Available as a generic medication.
          • Available in two forms: one that can be taken once a day or another that's taken once a week.
          • Comes as a regular tablet, an oral solution, or effervescent tablets meant to be dissolved in water.
          Coming soon
          Downsides and risks
          FosamaxCalcitonin
          • You need to take it the first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
          • Not good for people who can't sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes in the morning.
          • The use of bisphosphonates increases your risk of other types of fractures not related to osteoporosis (called atypical fractures).
          • Can cause bad heartburn or stomach problems.
          Coming soon
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          FosamaxCalcitonin
          • Take Fosamax (Alendronate) first thing in the morning with a full glass of water before eating or drinking anything else, including other medicines.
          • The pill must be swallowed whole.
          • Stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking the medicine, and don't eat or drink anything except plain water during that time.
          • Make sure you take enough calcium and vitamin D to allow this medicine to work.
          • Can cause an upset stomach, joint pain, back pain, or heartburn.
          • Stop taking the medicine and let your doctor know if swallowing becomes painful, if you have chest pain, or if any of the side effects worsen.
          • If you have dental work coming up, get it done before starting this medicine since some people have experienced serious jaw problems while on Fosamax (Alendronate).
          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