thank you for your query.
sodium) tablets is a pyridinyl bisphosphonate
that inhibits osteoclastmediated bone resorption
and modulates bone metabolism
yes the new FDA protocol suggests that bone drugs should be stopped after 5 years for usage.
This is particularly important because these drugs are retained in the skeleton longer than 10 years,and hence can lead to excessive bisphosphonate-induced inhibition of bone turnover in the long term.
It initially started with fosamax which is alendronate
but now a general opinion is that any bisphosphonate drug reaches its max effect in 5 years and should be stopped after that.
also the symptoms you were experiencing during usage of the tablet were side effects seen in some patients.some of the side effects are-
difficulty or pain when swallowing;
pain or burning under the ribs or in the back;
new or worsening heartburn;
severe or ongoing indigestion;
severe joint, bone, or muscle pain;
new or unusual pain in your thigh or hip; or
jaw pain, numbness,...
you can continue using calcium and Vit D3 tablets.
wishing you good health