Generic Name: Alendronate Sodium
Brand Name: Binosto, Osteofos
Popular Brand: Manufacturer: Various
Valid For: 24 months
Alendronate Sodium belongs to the group of medicines known as bisphosphonates. It works as a specific inhibitor of osteoclastmediated bone resorption. The drug alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. It slows bone loss while at the same time increasing bone mass. This helps prevent bone fractures.
The drug is used to prevent osteoporosis in both men and women. This is a condition caused by menopause or taking steroids. The medicine can also be prescribed to increase bone mass in men who have osteoporosis as well as to treat Paget’s disease of the bone.
How to Use
People with low levels of calcium in the blood and those with problem with muscle movement should not use Alendronate Sodium. You must also not take the drug if you cannot stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes after taking the dose. Persons allergic to the drug should also not use it. You doctor should also know if any of these conditions apply to you:
- Dental problems
- Kidney disease
- Trouble swallowing
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Ulcer or other problems in the stomach or esophagus
You must follow your doctor’s instructions closely and read the medication guide. The medicine should be taken by mouth after getting out of bed and before taking any food, beverage or any other medication. Take the tablet with 6 to 8 ounces of plain water. The tablet should be swallowed whole. You need to stay filly upright for at least 30 minutes; don’t lie down until you take your first food. The medication works when the stomach is empty. Always wait at least 30 minutes before taking other medications or eating or drinking anything.
Alendronate Sodium should not be used at bedtime or before rising for the day. You need to take the medicine regularly to get the most benefits. For osteoporosis, the medication can be prescribed to be taken once weekly.
Store at room temperature and far from direct heat and moisture.
- Jaw pain
- Swelling of the hands, joints, ankles, or feet
- Increased/severe muscle, joint or bone pain
- New/ unusual thigh, hip, or groin pain
- Tarry/black stools
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Worsening heartburns, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing
- Serious allergic reactions
- Stomach pain
In rare cases, Alendronate Sodium can cause bone loss in the jaw. The symptoms of this include jaw pain, numbness, swollen or red gums, loose teeth or slow healing after dental work. The longer you use this drug the more likely you will have this condition. This condition will be more likely if you have cancer or received chemotherapy, steroids or radiation. Discuss the risks and benefits of using Alendronate Sodium with your doctor.
Don’t take iron or calcium supplements, antacids, vitamins, tea, soda, calcium-enriched juices, or mineral water. These foods can decrease the absorption of Alendronate Sodium. Don’t take these foods for at least 30 minutes after taking the dose of Alendronate.