etidronate, Didronel (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Etidronate 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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of etidronate are:

Etidronate may worsen existing stomach or intestinal ulcers and can cause esophageal ulcers. Rarely, patients may experience jaw problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) associated with delayed healing and infection after tooth extraction. Severe skin reactions, seizures, as well as decreased red and white blood cell levels occur rarely.



PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 200 and 400 mg.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/9/2015

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