› Fosamax (alendronate) can cause bone and muscle pain. However, this is very rare. Stop taking the medication and talk to your doctor if this happens to you.
› Fosamax (alendronate) can cause fractures in the legs as a result of little or no force. This is rare. If you notice a new dull or aching pain in your hips or thighs, talk to your doctor right away.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
› First choice to treat osteoporosis
› Lowers your risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.
› Available generic.
› Available as daily, weekly, or twice weekly dosing.
› Comes as a regular tablet, an oral solution, or effervescent tablet.
› Using the nasal spray causes fewer side effects than the injectable version.
› Can help with bone pain if you've had a recent fracture.
› Available in generic.
Downsides and risks
› Can harm your esophagus if you don't remain upright for 30 minutes after taking it.
› Not recommended for people who can't sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes.
› Can increase the risk of atypical fractures.
› Can cause bad heartburn or stomach problems.
› Miacalcin (calcitonin) is not as effective as other medications used to stop bone loss or lower calcium levels.
› You're at a higher risk for certain cancers while taking Miacalcin (calcitonin).
› If you're allergic to fish, you might also be allergic to Miacalcin (calcitonin).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Take first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
› Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after taking Fosamax (alendronate).
› Remain upright for 30 minutes after taking Fosamax (alendronate).
› Talk to your doctor if you develop pain around jaw, throat, chest, abdomen, hips or thighs.
› Let your doctor know if you have any major dental procedures coming up. You may need to temporarily stop taking Fosamax (alendronate).
› Dissolve the effervescent tablet in 4 ounces of plain water. When solution stops fizzing, wait 5 minutes before stirring for 10 seconds and drinking.
› New, unopened nasal spray bottles should be stored in the refrigerator until you use them. Once they are opened, they should be stored at room temperature for up to 35 days.
› Allow nasal spray bottle to reach room temperature before use. Prime before first use by spraying in the air 5 times until full spray is produced.
› Toss spray bottle after 30 doses. It may not feel empty yet, but it won't deliver the correct dose anymore.
› Follow the directions your doctor or pharmacist tells you so you get the full dose every time.
› Continue to take your calcium or vitamin D.
› The nasal spray is only used for weak bones. Forms of the drug that are injected in the skin or muscles are used for other conditions such as high calcium in the blood, Paget's disease, and weak bones.