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Fosamax
Generic Name: Alendronate
Pronounced: a-LEN-druh-nate
Drug Class: Second-generation bisphosphonate
  Bone Strengthener

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS ONLY INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT, NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR, THE EXPERTISE AND JUDGMENT OF YOUR PHYSICIAN, PHARMACIST OR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CONDITION. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE CONStrUED TO STATE OR IMPLY THAT USE OF THE DRUG IS SAFE, APPROPRIATE, OR EFFECTIVE FOR YOUR CONDITION. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING THIS OR ANY OTHER DRUG.

Fosamax (Alendronate) Uses

This medication is used to treat osteoporosis, commonly known as brittle-bone disease, in post-menopausal women and to treat Paget's disease of the bone.

How Fosamax (Alendronate) Works

This medication increases bone-building and helps decrease fracture risk. This medication helps bone-building cells in the bone (osteoblasts) while preventing bone resorbing, (the breakdown of bone.)

How To Take Fosamax (Alendronate)

This medication should not be taken with food. Take it by mouth first thing in the morning, with a full glass of water, and wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Do not lay back down after taking this medication. Remain upright

Fosamax (Alendronate) Possible Side Effects

This medication's most common side effects include gas, reflux, heartburn, rash, and headache.

Fosamax (Alendronate) Warnings and Precautions

This medication should be used with caution by patients with kidney disease, patients taking hormone replacement therapy, and patients with throat or gastric emptying problems.

Tell your doctor know if you are having problems sitting or standing for 30 minutes after taking this medication. There are also risks of developing esophageal problems.

Fosamax (Alendronate) Drug Interactions

Antacids decrease the absorption of this medication, which will decrease its therapeutic effects. Calcium products decrease the absorption of this medication. Wait at least one-half hour after dose of this medication before taking calcium supplement.

Ranitidine (Zantac) may increase (double) the amount of this medicine that gets absorbed into your body. The clinical significance of this is unknown. Use caution.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take double doses

Storage

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw out medication that is outdated or no longer needed.

Fosamax (Alendronate) Pregnancy/Nursing Precautions

This medication in women is intended for use after menopause. However, if this medication is used during pregnancy, it should be used only if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the possible risk to the fetus. As with all medication use during pregnancy and nursing, consult your physician or pharmacist before taking any drugs.

Supplement Information

Phytoestrogens and soy may compliment this medication, but studies are not available. Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements with this medication are recommended. Consult your doctor for more details.


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