Alendronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for a long time.This medication works by slowing bone loss. This effect helps maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures). Alendronate belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates.
How to use
This medication is taken once per week. Choose the day of the week that best fits your schedule and take it on that day each week.
Take this medication by mouth, after getting up for the day and before taking your first food, beverage, or other medication. Do not swallow, chew, or suck on the tablet since this may cause mouth/throat irritation or ulcers. You must dissolve the tablet before you take it. Place the tablet in 4 ounces/120 milliliters plain water (not mineral water or flavored water) at room temperature. After bubbling from the tablet stops, wait at least 5 minutes until it is completely dissolved. Then stir the liquid for about 10 seconds and drink all of it. Stay fully upright (sitting, standing, or walking) for at least 30 minutes and do not lie down until after your first food of the day.
Alendronate works best if taken on an empty stomach. Calcium or iron supplements, vitamins, antacids, coffee, tea, soda, mineral water, calcium-enriched juices, and food can decrease the absorption of alendronate. Wait at least 30 minutes (preferably 1 to 2 hours) after taking the medication before you eat or drink anything except plain water.
Do not take this medication at bedtime or before rising for the day. It may not be absorbed and you may have serious side effects.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it on the same day each week. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of long-term use of this medication.
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