GENERIC NAME: alendronate
BRAND NAME: Fosamax, Binosto
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Alendronate is used for treating osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women. It also is used for Paget's disease of bone and osteoporosis caused by steroid treatment. Non-FDA approved (off-label) uses include vitamin D overdose and osteoporosis caused by spinal injury.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effect of alendronate is stomach pain.,
Other important side effects are:
- black stool (due to intestinal bleeding),
- change in taste perception, and
- muscle or joint pain.
- femoral fractures
MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS:Alendronate may irritate the esophagus, causing ulcers and bleeding. This occurs more often when patients do not drink enough water with alendronate, wait 30 minutes before lying down, or take alendronate before the first meal of the day. Rarely, patients may experience jaw problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) associated with delayed healing and infection after tooth extraction.
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