GENERIC NAME: etidronate
BRAND NAME: Didronel
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- 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
DIDRONEL SIDE EFFECTS:
Common side effects of Didronel include:
- Hair loss
- Low calcium
- Low magnesium
- Low phosphate
- Reduced kidney function
- Leg cramps
- Bone and joint pain
Other less common side effects include:
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