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Short answer: Five years or less.
Studies found little, if any, benefit in reducing fractures after taking bisphosphonates (a class of osteoporosis medicine) for more than five years.
Furthermore, oral bisphosphonate use for longer than five years is associated with significantly increased risk of “atypical hip and femur fractures.”
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