Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)
What is Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) used for?
Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) is an oral bisphosphonate medicine prescribed to treat or prevent osteoporosis. It operates by preventing the breakdown of bone density to preserve bone strength and reduce the occurrence of fractures or injury. It is commonly prescribed to women who are undergoing menopause or patients who are undergoing long-term corticosteroid treatment. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)?
Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) is typically prescribed to be administered once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will be determined by your physician after observing the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the tablets with a large glass of water on an empty stomach to aid absorption. Never change the form of the tablets to prevent destroying or altering the effects of their contents. It is also not recommended to lie down before eating a meal to prevent faintness or dizziness. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)?
Some patients using Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Inform your physician if any symptoms worry you or if more serious side effects occur including trouble swallowing, flu symptoms, severe heartburn, angina, jaw pain, severe swelling, or intense joint pain. These conditions may require medical attention or adjustments to your dosage to prevent further problems from appearing.
Do not use Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) if you have any abnormalities of the esophagus, low calcium levels, or if you are lactose intolerant. Also disclose if you have digestive disorders, parathyroid gland disorders, or if you have decreased kidney function as these conditions may cause complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.