Alendronate Sodium(Alendronate Sodium)
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Alendronate Sodium Drug Information
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Alendronate Sodium Overview
Alendronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for a long time. Alendronate Sodium works by slowing bone loss. This effect helps maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures). Alendronate belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates.
How to Use Alendronate Sodium
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking alendronate and each time you get a refill. Follow the instructions very closely to make sure your body absorbs as much drug as possible and to reduce the risk of injury to your esophagus. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Alendronate Sodium is usually taken once per week unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Choose the day of the week that best fits your schedule and take it on that day each week. Take Alendronate Sodium by mouth, after getting up for the day and before taking your first food, beverage, or other medication. Take it with a full glass (6-8 ounces or 180-240 milliliters) of plain water. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not chew or suck on it. Then stay fully upright (sitting, standing, or walking) for at least 30 minutes and do not lie down until after your first food of the day. Alendronate works only if taken on an empty stomach. Wait at least 30 minutes (preferably 1 to 2 hours) after taking the medication before you eat or drink anything other than plain water. Do not take Alendronate Sodium at bedtime or before rising for the day. It may not be absorbed and you may have side effects. Calcium or iron supplements, vitamins, antacids, coffee, tea, soda, mineral water, calcium-enriched juices, and food can decrease the absorption of alendronate. Do not take these for at least 30 minutes (preferably 1 to 2 hours) after taking alendronate. Take Alendronate Sodium regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it on the same day each week. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of long-term use of Alendronate Sodium.
Alendronate Sodium Precautions
Before taking alendronate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other bisphosphonates; or if you have any other allergies. Alendronate Sodium may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Alendronate Sodium, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,disorders of the esophagus (such as esophageal stricture or achalasia), trouble swallowing, trouble standing or sitting upright for at least 30 minutes, low calcium levels, kidney problems, stomach/intestinal disorders (such as ulcers). Some people taking alendronate may have serious jawbone problems. Your doctor should check your mouth before you start Alendronate Sodium. Tell your dentist that you are taking Alendronate Sodium before you have any dental work done. To help prevent jawbone problems, have regular dental exams and learn how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you have jaw pain, tell your doctor and dentist right away. Before having any surgery (especially dental procedures), tell your doctor and dentist about Alendronate Sodium and all other products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Your doctor or dentist may tell you to stop taking alendronate before your surgery. Follow all instructions about stopping or starting Alendronate Sodium. Alendronate Sodium is not recommended for use in children. Studies have shown that many children who took Alendronate Sodium had severe side effects such as vomiting, fever, and flu-like symptoms. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Alendronate may stay in your body for many years. You should not become pregnant while using alendronate. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Alendronate Sodium passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Alendronate Sodium Misdose
If you miss a dose of Alendronate Sodium, take it the next morning after you remember. Then go back to your weekly dosing schedule on your usual day of the week. Do not take two doses on the same day.
Alendronate Sodium Interactions
See also How to Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Alendronate Sodium Side Effects
Stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, or nausea may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that Alendronate Sodium has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Alendronate Sodium do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects,jaw/ear pain, swelling of joints/hands/ankles/feet, increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain, new or unusual hip/thigh/groin pain, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. Alendronate Sodium may rarely cause serious irritation and ulcers of the esophagus. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects,new or worsening heartburn, chest pain, pain or difficulty when swallowing. A very serious allergic reaction to Alendronate Sodium is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Alendronate Sodium Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Alendronate Sodium when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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