Didronel (etidronate)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    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: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: etidronate

BRAND NAME: Didronel




  • Didronel is used for treating Paget's disease and preventing heterotopic ossification. Heterotopic ossification is a process in which bone is deposited in soft tissues and muscles, usually after hip replacement or spinal cord surgery.
  • Non-FDA approved (off-label) uses include:
  •  Hypercalcemia (increased blood levels of calcium) associated with cancer
  • Prevention of steroid induced osteoporosis, and postmenopausal osteoporosis


Common side effects of Didronel include:

Other less common side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/9/2016

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