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What is Alendronate?
Alendronate is a bisphosphonate that acts by slowing bone loss and causing increase in bone mass and, thus preventing fractures. The active component of the medicine – alendronate – affects the way bones form and degenerate.
So, Alendronate is used for treating osteoporosis both in men and women. Women should take the medicine if they have osteoporosis caused by menopause. Alendronate is also used for increasing bone mass in male patients with osteoporosis and treating Paget’s disease in both male and female patients.
What Important Information Should I Know Before Taking Alendronate For the First Time?
Before you use Alendronate you should be aware of some important aspects of Fosfomax usage and limitations.
Don’t take Alendronate if you are allergic to its main component – alendronate – or other substances contained in a tablet. Other contraindications are:
hypocalcemia (low calcium in blood);
esophagus problems when muscles don’t move properly;
inability to stand or sit upright for a half an hour at least.
The latter contraindication is connected with the fact that Alendronate may badly affect the lining of your esophagus or stomach unless you are in the upright position for at least thirty minutes after using a dose of the medicine.
It is vitally important that before you use alendronate you should see your doctor who should be told all the conditions you have or have had. You should also tall your doctor if you have:
a vitamin D deficiency;
There is no evidence if Alendronate may do harm to an unborn child or it has not yet been proven whether the active substance is capable of penetrating into milk. Anyway, it is strongly recommended that you consult your doctor if you are pregnant, want to have a baby or if you are already a breast-feeding mother before you use alendronate.
How Should I Take Alendronate?
Proper treatment involves correct dosage and an individual schedule provided by your doctor. If you use Alendronate you should refer to your doctor for proper dosage and schedule.
In general, patients take Alendronate once a day or once a week depending on their case. It’s better to use a dose as soon as you get up in the morning, thirty minutes prior to eating, drinking or taking any other medication. If your doctor tells you to tale Alendronate once per week, take the medicine on the same day as soon as you get up in the morning prior to your every day affairs.
You can drink a glassful of clean drinkable water to swallow down a pill. Avoid drinking mineral water!
It is strongly recommended that you don’t break or crush a pill since it should be swallowed whole.
After you take Alendronate you should abide by the following recommendations:
Never lie down on the bed unless 30 minutes have passed since your Alendronate administration!
Never drink or eat anything except for plain water!
Always wait at least 30 minutes after Alendronate administration if you need to take any other medicines. Your dosing schedule should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor.
To make sure that the preparation is working, you will need to have your bone mineral density checked by your doctor regularly. The duration of treatment is also defined by your doctor.
If you need to undergo a dental surgery or some other kind of dental work, you should tell your dentist that you are currently taking Alendronate. You will be likely to cease your treatment for a while.
Keep all the above mentioned recommendations in mind before you use Alendronate.
What Should I Avoid During the Treatment Period?
When taking Alendronate you shouldn’t take any other medicines, vitamins or supplementary products unless 30 minutes have passed since you last took the medicine.
What Are Alendronate Side Effects?
Allergic symptoms (difficulty swallowing; swollen face, throat, etc.; hives) require emergency medical attention.
Serious adverse effects may be as follows:
pain in chest, muscles, upper stomach and/or other parts of the body;
a painful feeling when swallowing or trouble swallowing.
There may be observed less severe side effects, such as:
mild stomachache, heartburn;
mild nausea or vomiting;
gas, constipation or diarrhea;
To know a complete list of adverse effects ask your doctor.