GENERIC NAME: ETIDRONATE/CALCIUM CARBONATE - ORAL (eh-TIDD-row-nate/CAL-see-um CAR-bow-nate)
USES: This combination medication is used to treat and/or prevent the development of "soft bones", also known as osteoporosis, in women who have already experienced their "change of life" (menopause). It is also used to prevent other forms of osteoporosis (e.g., corticosteroid-induced type). Osteoporosis is a common medical condition in women after experiencing menopause. The bones lose some strength (decreased bone density), and fractures are more common. This product contains one medicine and one mineral: etidronate (a bisphosphonate medicine) which helps maintain proper bone metabolism; and calcium, a mineral which is needed to build and maintain healthy bones.
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