alendronate, Fosamax, Binosto (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
PRESCRIBED FOR: 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:
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.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 5, 10, 35, 40, 70 mg. Solution: 70 mg
STORAGE: Tablets and solution should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F) and not frozen.
DOSING: The recommended dose for treatment of osteoporosis is 5-10 mg daily or 35-70 mg weekly. Paget's disease is treated with 40 mg once daily for six months.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2014
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