My dr. said I have osteopenia which is what you get before osteoporosis. I just took my first actonel. Yet another med I need, I sure hope I don't get any side effects, it says back pain, joint pain, etc, JUST WHAT I NEED more pain in places I already have it. I read an article somewhere that drs. aren't in agreement if we need to take this med. Anyone else take it or a similar drug. I also see there is a new one out you only take once a month, instead of once a wk.