FOSAMAX (Alendronate) is prescribed by the physicians for the prevention and the treatment of the Osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, patients taking steroid treatment and also for the treatment of Paget’s disease in both the men and women. FOSAMAX is a bisphosphonate group of drugs prevents the bone loss and break down by adhering or binding tightly with the bone as pharmacologically inert substance and when the Vitamin – D and Calcium supplements are given, the disease can be treated dramatically and the recurrence can also be prevented. FOSAMAX can prevent the pathological fracture caused by osteoporosis. FOSAMAX can be given as a prophylactic treatment for the at risk Paget’s disease patients. Some Physicians prescribe FOSAMAX (Alendronate) for some off-label use which is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Who should not take FOSAMAX?
FOSAMAX should not be avoided by patients with Hypocalcemia (Low blood calcium level) and Vitamin – D deficiency. If you have kidney disease or peptic ulcer, you should avoid taking FOSAMAX, as it can worsen your disease. FOSAMAX can cause osteonecrosis by the oral administration if you have poor dental hygiene. FOSAMAX is classified as a Pregnancy Category – C drug and it must avoided by the pregnant mothers. If you are known allergic you should not take FOSAMAX. If you are a nursing mother, you should avoid taking FOSAMAX, as it can harm your infant through breast milk. FOSAMAX should be avoided in blood coagulation disorders, anemia of any grade and during the chemotherapy treatment for cancer. If you are taking NSAIDs for the existing pain disorders, you should not take FOSAMAX.
FOSAMAX Side Effects:
FOSAMAX (Alendronate) can cause serious side effects like the bone and joint associated with muscle pain, heart burn, tingling, numbness, dysphagia of unknown origin, acute inflammation of the gastro intestinal tract with or without strictures, achalasia and ulcerations, rarely osteomalacia, severe renal impairment, hypersensitivity to alendronate. The long term use of FOSAMAX can cause stress fracture. The less serious side effects are the headache, dizziness, weakness, edema in the upper and lower extremities, gastric upset with heart burn. Rarely, constipation, flatulence and abdominal pain (Colic) are also reported by some patients.
How should I take FOSAMAX?
The recommended dosage of FOSAMAX (Alendronate) for the treatment of Osteoporosis is 5 mg once daily and it is up to 10 mg once daily for the post-menopausal patients without Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). FOSAMAX (Alendronate) can be administered alone or along with the Vitamin D supplements or with Calcium tablets for the additive effect with the FOSAMAX to get the beneficial results in the Steroid induced Osteoporosis. The following instruction should be followed to take the FOSAMAX: (1) Take FOSAMAX first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything except plain water. 2) Take FOSAMAX while you are sitting or standing up. 3) Take FOSAMAX with 6 to 8 ounces (about 1 cup) of plain water. Do not take FOSAMAX with any other drink besides plain water. Do not take FOSAMAX with coffee, tea, juice, milk or other dairy drinks. 4) Swallow FOSAMAX (Alendronate) as a whole. Do not chew the tablet or keep FOSAMAX in your mouth to melt or dissolve. After taking FOSAMAX you must wait at least 30 minutes BEFORE: 1) lying down. You may sit, stand, or do normal activities like read the newspaper or take a walk. 2) Eating or drinking anything except plain water.
Keep taking FOSAMAX for as long as your health care provider tells you to do so. For FOSAMAX to treat your Heart burn and Peptic ulcer or keep you from getting these symptoms, you have to take FOSAMAX as often and in the way FOSAMAX as prescribed by your Physician.
What is the important information I should know about FOSAMAX?
Take FOSAMAX exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
You have to visit a Dentist’s office before taking FOSAMAX if you have poor dental hygiene unless, it can cause osteonecrosis.
You can take FOSAMAX disregard of your food intake.
For FOSAMAX dosage one must follow his doctor’s instructions.
You need to take Calcium and Vitamin D supplements to prevent and treat Osteoporosis while you take FOSAMAX.
It is important to take FOSAMAX regularly to get the most benefit, as directed by the Physician.
Do not stop taking FOSAMAX without first talking to your doctor, even if you are feeling well. Even after your symptoms of the disease improve, you may require continuous treatment for quite some time, as directed by the Physician.
Store FOSAMAX as per the instructions on the label.
Keep FOSAMAX away from the reach of the children and pets.
What happens if I miss a dose of FOSAMAX?
Take the missed dose of FOSAMAX (Alendronate) as soon as you remember, during the same day. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and take FOSAMAX (Alendronate) next day as routine dose. Do not take a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I overdose of FOSAMAX?
Please seek emergency medical attention immediately.