etidronate disodium - oral, Didronel
GENERIC NAME: ETIDRONATE DISODIUM - ORAL (eh-TIDD-row-nate dye-SO-dee-um)
BRAND NAME(S): Didronel
USES: Etidronate is used to treat a certain type of bone disease called Paget's disease. This disease weakens and deforms bones. Etidronate 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.Etidronate is also used to prevent or treat bone problems that may occur after hip replacement surgery or spinal cord injury.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.Etidronate may also be used to treat bone loss (osteoporosis) if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for long periods. In addition, this medication may be used to treat a high level of calcium in the blood that may occur with some cancers.
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