|Prevents bone loss. Fosamax (Alendronate) is a first-choice treatment for osteoporosis and is available as a generic, but taking it can be a hassle.||Coming soon.|
|How it works|
|Fosamax (Alendronate) is a bisphosphonate. It slows down osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. This results in greater bone mass and lowers the possibility of fractures.||Coming soon.|
|Type of medication|
|BisphosphonatePrescription only||Coming soon.|
|Used for (click to learn more)|
- › Hypercalcemia Paget's disease Postmenopausal osteoporosis
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|Risk factors for serious side effects|
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- › Oral or dental surgery
- › Cancer
- › Poor oral hygiene
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|Upsides and benefits|
- › Lowers your risk of bone fractures.
- › Available as a generic medication.
- › Available in two forms: one that can be taken once a day or another that's taken once a week.
- › Comes as a regular tablet, an oral solution, or effervescent tablets meant to be dissolved in water.
|Downsides and risks|
- › You need to take it the first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
- › Not good for people who can't sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes in the morning.
- › The use of bisphosphonates increases your risk of other types of fractures not related to osteoporosis (called atypical fractures).
- › Can cause bad heartburn or stomach problems.
|Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication|
- › Take Fosamax (Alendronate) first thing in the morning with a full glass of water before eating or drinking anything else, including other medicines.
- › The pill must be swallowed whole.
- › Stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking the medicine, and don't eat or drink anything except plain water during that time.
- › Make sure you take enough calcium and vitamin D to allow this medicine to work.
- › Can cause an upset stomach, joint pain, back pain, or heartburn.
- › Stop taking the medicine and let your doctor know if swallowing becomes painful, if you have chest pain, or if any of the side effects worsen.
- › If you have dental work coming up, get it done before starting this medicine since some people have experienced serious jaw problems while on Fosamax (Alendronate).
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