Alendronic Acid/Fosamax daily

Alendronic tablets belong to a group of non-hormonal medicines called bisphosphonates. Alendronate prevents bone loss that occurs in women after ...

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What is Alendronic?

Alendronic tablets belong to a group of non-hormonal medicines called bisphosphonates. Alendronate prevents bone loss that occurs in women after menopause and helps regenerate bone. Reduces the risk of fractures of the spine and hip. Weekly alendronic acid is indicated in the treatment of osteoporosis. Daily alendronic acid has been shown to reduce the risk of hip and spinal fractures. Alendronic acid can also be used as daily treatment (once a day)

How does it work?

The active substance in weekly alendronic acid, alendronate sodium trihydrate, is a bisphosphonate that inhibits osteoclastic resorption of bone without a direct effect on bone formation. Preclinical studies have shown the location preference of alendronate in places where active resorption occurs. Osteoclastic activity is inhibited, without affecting the formation and binding of osteoclasts. The bone that is formed during alendronate treatment is of normal quality.

What are the benefits of taking it?

Alendronic Acid belongs to a group of non-hormonal medications called bisphosphonates. It prevents bone loss that occurs in women after menopause and helps rebuild bone. Alendronic Acid reduces the risk of hip and spinal fractures. if your doctor has prescribed Weekly Alendronic Acid, it is to prevent osteoporosis. Alendronic Acid reduces the risk of hip fractures.

How do I use it and its dosage?

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have doubts.

Take one Alendronic Acid 10 mg tablet once a day.

  • Choose the time of the day that best suits your routine. Every day take one tablet of Alendronic Acid 10mg on the time you have chosen.

It is very important that you follow instructions 2, 3, 4, and 5 to help the Alendronic Acid tablet reach the stomach quickly and help reduce possible irritation of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach).

  • After getting up in the morning and before taking your first meal, drink or other medication, swallow the Alendronic Acid tablet only with a full glass of water (not less than 200 ml).
  • do not take it with mineral water
  • do not take it with coffee or tea
  • do not take it with juices or milk.
  • Do not chew the alendronic acid tablet or allow it to dissolve in your mouth.
  • Do not lie down - stay upright (sitting, standing, or walking) - for at least 30 minutes after swallowing the tablet. Do not lie down until after the first meal of the day.
  • Do not take Alendronic Acid at bedtime or before getting up in the morning.
  • If you have difficulty or pain when swallowing, chest pain, or a new or worsening burning sensation, stop taking Alendronic Acid and notify your doctor.
  • After swallowing a tablet of Alendronic Acid, wait at least 30 minutes before consuming the first meal, drink, or other medication of the day, including antacids, calcium supplements, and vitamins. Alendronic Acid is only effective if taken on an empty stomach.

Side effects & precautions

Like all medicines, this Osteoporosis treatment medication can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

See your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, which can be serious, and for which you may need urgent medical treatment:

Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 patients)

  • sometimes intense pain of bones, muscles, and/or joints.

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 patients)

  • heartburn; trouble swallowing; pain when swallowing; sore throat (esophagus - the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) which can cause chest pain, heartburn, or difficulty or pain when swallowing.

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 patients):

  • allergic reactions such as hives; swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat, which may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing,
  • severe skin reactions (separation of the epidermis and the superficial mucous membrane) - toxic epidermal necrolysis,
  • extremely severe allergic reaction to skin eruption often with blisters or sores in the oral cavity or eyes, and other mucous membranes such as genitalia (Stevens-Johnson syndrome),
  • pain in the mouth and / or jaw, swelling or sores inside the mouth, numbness or feeling of heaviness in the jaw, or detachment of a tooth. These could be signs of damage to the jawbones generally associated with delayed healing and infection, often after tooth extraction. Contact your doctor and dentist if you experience these symptoms,
  • unusual fracture of the femur especially in patients on prolonged treatment for osteoporosis. Pain, weakness, or discomfort in the thigh, hip, or groin as this may be an early indication of a possible fracture of the thigh bone.

Other Alendronic acid tabs side effects that may occur:

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 patients)

  • headache,
  • dizziness
  • abdominal pain,
  • feeling sick to your stomach or flatulence after eating,
  • constipation,
  • feeling of fullness or bloating in the stomach,
  • diarrhea,
  • flatulence,
  • Joint pain,
  • hair loss, eczema,
  • fatigue,
  • swelling of hands and legs

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 patients)

  • nausea,
  • vomiting
  • irritation or inflammation of the throat (esophagus -a tube that connects your mouth to your stomach) or stomach,
  • black or tarry stools,
  • skin rash,
  • redness of the skin,
  • transient flu-like symptoms, such as muscle pain,a general feeling of being unwell, and sometimes a fever that usually appears early in treatment,
  • alteration of taste.
  • blurry vision; pain or redness in the eye.

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 patients)

  • narrowing of the esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach),
  • mouth ulcer when the tablets have been chewed or sucked on,
  • peptic or stomach ulcer (sometimes severe or with blood loss),
  • itching worsens in sunlight,
  • symptoms that indicate low levels of calcium in the blood such as muscle cramps or spasms and / or a tingling sensation in the fingers and around the mouth.

Alendronic acid Interactions:

Food and drink (including mineral water), calcium supplements, antacids, and other oral medications are likely to affect the absorption of alendronate if taken at the same time. Therefore, patients should wait at least 30 minutes after taking alendronate before taking any other oral medication.

Buying Alendronic Acid Tablets online.

You can buy Alendronic Acid Tablets online through one of the UK’s leading online pharmacies, Pharmacy Planet. It's easy and convenient. You will need to fill out a short assessment and the item will be delivered directly to your door. If you want to buy Alendronic Acid Tablets online, use Pharmacy Planet, a UK pharmacy you can trust.

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