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Alendronate (Fosamax) is in a drug class of medications called bisphosphonates. Fosamax is prescribed for treating osteoporosis, bone pain from diseases such as breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and Paget's disease. Dosing, side effects, warnings and precautions, and safety during pregnancy should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.

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    • Paget's Disease Paget's disease is a chronic bone disorder due to irregular breakdown and formation of bone tissue. Symptoms of Paget's disease...learn more »
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