These are guidelines from a drug therapy handbook I have sitting on the shelf....
osteoporosis prophylaxis: 5mg once daily or 35 mg once weekly
osteoporosis treatment: 10mg once daily or 70mg once weekly
glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis: 5mg once daily
Question. What dosages are your boys taking? 35mg is the usual dose for adults. Fosamax comes in pill form. Can your boys swallow pills? What's the reason for the liquid versus pill form?
Ellen, I wonder why Tim's back hurts on the days he receives this pill. Only on this day? Huh?
What type of vitamin E were you using?
I even gave Vitamin E to our son at the same time with his calcium and vitamin d to aid in absorption but his his vitamin E levels became toxic. Vitamin A,D,E, and K are fat soluble vitamins the rest are water soluble ( flush out of the system). His vitamin E levels returned to normal soon after we stopped the Vitamin E supplementation.
I believe our boys do require more vitamin d than other children especially if they take steroids.
Viactiv chews are a good product for the younger kids ( especially if they can't swallow pills) but my son grew out of liking them. I spent a small fortune purchasing several flavors and ended up giving them away. Now, he takes Nature's Made. The calcium pill comes in a smaller version but still contain 600mg/200mg of the vitamin. He choked on the bigger caltrate pills.