Etidronate DisodiumGeneric Alternative to Didronel
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No brand name is available for Didronel 200mg.
No brand name is available for Didronel 200mg.
- Marketed as Co-Etidronate in Canada
- Manufactured by Cobalt Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Prescription Required
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Etidronate Disodium Drug Information
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Etidronate Disodium Drug Information
Etidronate Disodium Overview
Etidronate is used to treat a certain type of bone disease called Paget's disease. This disease weakens and deforms bones. Etidronate works by slowing bone loss, helping to keep your bones strong and less likely to break. It also helps reduce bone pain from this disease. Etidronate Disodium belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Etidronate is also used to prevent or treat bone problems that may occur after hip replacement surgery or spinal cord injury.
How to Use Etidronate Disodium
Follow these instructions very closely to make sure you absorb as much of the drug as possible and reduce the risk of injury to your esophagus. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Take Etidronate Disodium by mouth without food, usually once a day or as directed by your doctor. Take it on an empty stomach at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after a meal. Take etidronate with a full glass of plain water (6 to 8 ounces, 180 to 240 milliliters). Do not take it with any other beverage. After taking etidronate, stay fully upright (sitting, standing, or walking) and do not lie down for at least 30 minutes. Do not take etidronate at the same time as food or other medications because they may prevent its absorption. Take Etidronate Disodium 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking any products that contain aluminum, calcium, iron, magnesium, or zinc. Some examples include antacids, certain forms of didanosine (chewable/dispersible buffered tablets or pediatric oral solution), quinapril, vitamins/minerals, dairy products (such as milk, yogurt), and calcium-enriched juice. The Dosage of Etidronate Disodium is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. If stomach upset occurs, talk to your doctor about dividing your daily dose into 2 or 3 smaller doses during the day instead of taking one daily dose all at once. For Paget's disease and bone problems after hip replacement or spinal cord injury, you will usually take Etidronate Disodium for 3 to 6 months. Do not take more of Etidronate Disodium or use it for longer than prescribed because the risk of side effects may increase. Take Etidronate Disodium regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
Etidronate Disodium Precautions
Before taking etidronate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other bisphosphonates (such as alendronate); or if you have any other allergies. Etidronate Disodium may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Etidronate Disodium should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine,a certain bone disorder that causes soft/painful bones (osteomalacia). Before using Etidronate Disodium, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,kidney disease, inability to sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes, difficult/painful swallowing, esophagus problems (such as esophageal stricture, achalasia), stomach/intestinal problems (such as heartburn, ulcers, colitis), low level of calcium in the blood. Some people taking etidronate may have serious jawbone problems. Your doctor should check your mouth before you start Etidronate Disodium. Tell your dentist that you are taking Etidronate Disodium 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 Etidronate Disodium and all other products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Your doctor or dentist may tell you to stop taking etidronate before your surgery. Ask for specific instructions about stopping or starting Etidronate Disodium. Caution is advised if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the future. Etidronate Disodium may stay in your body for many years. Its effects on an unborn baby are not known. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before starting treatment with Etidronate Disodium. It is not known if Etidronate Disodium passes into breast milk, and the effect on a nursing infant is unknown. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Etidronate Disodium Misdose
If you miss a dose of Etidronate Disodium, take it as soon as you remember, following the dose-timing instructions in the How to Use section. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Etidronate Disodium Interactions
See also the How to Use section. Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first. Etidronate Disodium may affect the results of certain lab tests (bone imaging tests). Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Etidronate Disodium. This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using Etidronate Disodium, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
Etidronate Disodium Side Effects
What are Etidronate Disodium side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Etidronate Disodium may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Etidronate Disodium as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Etidronate Disodium
The side effects of Etidronate Disodium may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Etidronate Disodium. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Etidronate Disodium may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Etidronate Disodium, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Etidronate Disodium.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Etidronate Disodium, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Etidronate Disodium and the side effects associated with Etidronate Disodium are described in the following:
Common Etidronate Disodium Side Effects
- bone pain
Less Frequent Etidronate Disodium Side Effects
- cramps in legs
- headache disorder
Rare or Very Rare Etidronate Disodium Side Effects
- aseptic necrosis of jaw bone
- pruritus of skin
- maculopapular rash
- skin rash
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
- esophageal ulcer
- gastrointestinal ulcer
- esophageal perforation
- atypical femoral fracture
- aseptic necrosis of bone in orofacial region
- neutropenic disorder
- acute confusion
- memory impairment
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
Etidronate Disodium Storage
Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines 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 Etidronate Disodium when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
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