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Brand Names: Fosamax
Generic name: Alendronate Sodium
Fosamax is a medicine widely used for the treatment of Bone diseases such as Osteoporosis and Paget’s disease.
Alendronate, the active component of Fosamax is a compound that increases the bone formation and corrects bone breakdown in the body.
Treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women to prevent fractures, including those of the hip & spine (vertebral compression fractures). Treatment of osteoporosis in men to prevent fractures. Treatment & prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in postmenopausal women not receiving estrogen.
Treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women & in men:
One 70-mg tab once weekly or one 10-mg tab once daily.
Treatment & prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in postmenopausal women not receiving estrogen:
10 mg once a day.
Should be taken on an empty stomach (Take upon arising for the day, at least 1/2 hour before the first food, beverage or medication of the day with a full glass of plain water only. Do not lie down for at least 1/2 hour and until after the first food intake of the day.
Do not take at bedtime or before arising for the day. Swallow whole, do not suck/chew/crush.).
Fosamax Side Effects
When you experience the following discomforts when taking Fosamax, you should seek medical attention immediately
Allergic Reactions such as breathing discomforts, closing of throat, swelling of facial body parts such as lips and tongue or the entire face.
Chest Pains, difficulty in breathing and swallowing
Burning Sensation in ribs and back
Heartburn whether newly acquired or worsening condition