GENERIC NAME: ALENDRONATE 40 MG - ORAL (a-LEN-droe-nate)
BRAND NAME(S): Fosamax
USES: Alendronate is used to treat a certain type of bone disease called Paget's disease. This disease weakens and deforms bones. Alendronate works by slowing bone loss, helping to keep your bones strong and less likely to break. It also helps reduce bone pain from this disease. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to prevent or treat bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for a long time.
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