Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)
What is Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) used for?
Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) is an oral medication prescribed to treat or prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It operates by slowing the loss of bone matter and increasing bone mass to prevent fractures, bone pain, or similar injuries caused by this condition. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)?
One tablet of Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) is normally administered once daily in the morning prior to eating breakfast or taking other medications. The best dosage for you will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. Never split or crush the tablets before use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have regarding the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)?
Some patients may experience side effects while using Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are trouble swallowing, severe chest pain, trouble breathing, worsening heartburn, pain under the ribs, lower back pain, flu symptoms, or severe joint pain. These conditions may require reduced dosages or other alterations to your regimen to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) should not be used to treat patients who are children, pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, fructose intolerant, or have low calcium levels, abnormalities of the oesophagus, or the inability to sit or stand upright for thirty minutes. Inform your doctor if you have any other conditions that may cause complications with treatment such as chronic acid reflux or gastritis, an ulcer, a vitamin D deficiency, parathyroid disorders, or decreased kidney function.
Strictly use Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.