GENERIC NAME: ETIDRONATE-CALCIUM - ORAL (eh-TIDD-row-nate/KAL-see-um)
HOW TO USE: Patient instructions are available with this product. Read them carefully before use and consult your pharmacist. Medication in the dose packet must be taken in the correct order and as directed to be effective. The first two weeks of each cycle of treatment you will be taking etidronate once daily. The rest of the cycle (76 days) you are taking calcium. This cyclic pattern may be repeated as directed by your doctor. This medication is taken by mouth with a full glass (6-8 oz or 180- 240 ml) of water generally at bedtime unless your doctor directs you otherwise. This product should be taken on an empty stomach, two hours before or after eating. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication. Separate etidronate tablets by at least two hours from vitamins/minerals (e.g., iron, zinc) calcium/magnesium products (including dairy products) and antacids with aluminum or calcium, since absorption of the drug into your system may be affected. If you have low stomach acid (achlorhydria), take calcium products with food to increase absorption. This medicine may not show a positive effect for months; continue to take as directed. Response to treatment is checked periodically (especially after one year).
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