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Glucocorticoid-induced: 5mg tab once daily; glucocorticoid-induced in postmenopausal women not on estrogen: 10mg tab once daily. Flsamax it true that cancer patients should not take Fosamax? Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure Fosmax information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances. I also take levothyroxine daily in the morning without food. A: Fosamax alendronate is classified as a bisphosphonate derivative. You can browse Drugs A-Z for a specific prescription or over-the-counter drug or look up drugs based on your specific condition. Fosamax should be taken on the same day each week. This includes a disorder called osteonecrosis of the jaw ONJ. With respect to the side effect, if you experienced irritation or ulceration of the esophagus or stomach, the lining of your gastrointestinal tract would need to heal before the side effect goes away. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly receive communications related to AARP volunteering. We comply with the Fosaamx standard for trustworthy health information - Fosamx here. Some people experienced this pain within 1 day to several months after starting Fosamax. It Fsamax important for you to keep a written Fosamac of all of the prescription and nonprescription over-the-counter medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. Neither Everyday Health nor its licensor assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of the information provided. Consult your doctor, dentist, or oral surgeon for proper evaluation of your jaw and to determine if you are experiencing ONJ. You may also like : Tips on how to stay active and avoid falls if you have osteoporosis. For more information regarding the concomitant use of Fosamax and treatment of breast cancer, speak with your health care provider. The following link will give you more information on treating osteoporosis. A: Increased potassium was not listed as a possible side effect of Fosamax alendronateaccording to the prescribing information for the medication. ONJ may occur spontaneously after dental procedures or tooth extractions. Fosamax can cause problems in the stomach or esophagus. Inresearchers in Singapore published a report on 17 postmenopausal women, average age 66, who experienced fractures across the thighbone unprovoked by Fosanax trauma. Long-term use of many drugs, for example, can cause bone loss, including some that are commonly prescribed to older adults. Potter, who was diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 48, had been taking the popular osteoporosis drug Fosamax for eight years before her Fossmax literally snapped in two. It also is approved for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men and women as a result of long-term use of steroid medicines examples are prednisone and cortisone. What Is Fosamax? Alendronate is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone a condition in which the bones are soft and weak and may be deformed, painful, or easily broken. Brand names. Over time, such microdamage might accumulate and cause a fracture. Osteoporosis International. It may take 3 months or longer before your bone density begins to increase. Never take a double dose to make up for a missed one, and never take more than one dose in one day. Swallow alendronate tablets with a full glass 6 to 8 ounces [ to mL] of plain water. Brand names Brand names of combination products. If you take this medicine only once per week, take it on the same day each week and always first thing in the morning. IUPAC name. They can have a secondary effect of decreasing the formation of new bone tissue, Judge Keenan wrote in an opinion in July. Fosamax plus D alendronate plus cholecalciferol [D3] should be taken in the morning with a full glass of water ounces at least 30 minutes before food, drink, or other medication. I find it very difficult to drink a large glass of Fosamax water and find I must add just a small amount of any of these juices to swallow the large amount of liquid necessary for Fosamax. Egol said X-rays of some of his patients look more like an injury endured by a car accident than an otherwise minimal fall. Compared with other drug product liability cases that have involved many thousands of plaintiffs, the Fosamax litigation is relatively small. A: According to the prescribing information for Fosamax alendronateone of the side effects of bisphosphonates which may occur is called osteonecrosis of the jaw ONJ. Inthe agency approved the drug to prevent osteoporosis itself. Never take alendronate tablets or solution with tea, coffee, juice, milk, mineral water, sparkling water, or any liquid other than plain water. This is not a complete list of side effects of Fosamax. If I take the recommended amount of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium instead of the Fosamax, how can I be sure it is being absorbed in my bones? Many doctors now recommend a five-year limit. Do not freeze alendronate solution. What else should I know? Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to alendronate. Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D is necessary for the development of strong bones because it helps increase the intestinal absorption of calcium. Do not lie down, recline or eat for 60 minutes after taking Boniva. If you need to Foasmax any dental work especially surgerytell the dentist ahead of time that you are using alendronate. Centers Fosaamx Medicare and Medicaid Services. Symptoms of osteonecrosis include jaw pain or numbness, red or swollen Fosamax, loose teeth, or slow healing after dental work. Avoid taking any other medicines for at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax. The easiest way to lookup drug information, identify pills, check interactions and set up your own personal medication records. It also is approved for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men and women as a result of long-term use of steroid medicines examples are prednisone and cortisone. Fosamax Images. The usual dosage for osteoporosis prevention is 35 mg once weekly, or 5 mg once daily. D deficiency or bone disturbances before starting. Do not take two 2 doses in one day. Become a Member Treatment of osteoporosis in men.
Fosamax
Fosamax
Active Ingredient: Alendronate
Fosamax is used in men and women to treat or prevent osteoporosis that is caused by menopause or by taking steroids. Fosamax is also used to increase bone mass in men who have osteoporosis, and to treat Paget's disease of bone in men and women.
Other names for this medication:
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  • INDICATIONS

    Fosamax is in the group of medicines called bisphosphonates (bis FOS fo nayts). It alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. Fosamax slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Take Fosamax exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

    Fosamax tablets are taken either once each day or once each week.

    Take the Fosamax tablet first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything or take any other medicine. If you take a Fosamax tablet only once a week, take it on the same day each week and always first thing in the morning.

    Take each Fosamax tablet with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of water. Use only plain water (not mineral water) when taking a tablet. Do not crush, chew, or suck the Fosamax tablet. Swallow the pill whole.

    After taking a Fosamax tablet, carefully follow these instructions:
    Do not lie down or recline for at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax.
    Do not eat or drink anything other than plain water.
    Do not take any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids for at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax. It may be best to take your other medicines at a different time of the day. Talk with your doctor about the best dosing schedule for your other medicines.

    To be sure Fosamax is helping your condition, your bone mineral density will need to be tested on a regular basis. Visit your doctor regularly.

    If you need to have any dental work (especially surgery), tell the dentist ahead of time that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

    Fosamax is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet changes, exercise, and taking calcium and vitamin supplements. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

    If you take Fosamax tablets once daily: If you forget to take this medicine first thing in the morning, do not take it later in the day. Wait until the following morning to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take two (2) tablets in one day.

    If you take Fosamax tablets once a week: If you forget to take Fosamax on your scheduled day, take it first thing in the morning on the day after you remember the missed dose. Then return to your regular weekly schedule on your chosen dose day. Do not take two (2) tablets in one day.

    DOSAGE

    Treatment of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women

    The recommended dosage is:
    one 70 mg tablet once weekly 
    one bottle of 70 mg oral solution once weekly 
    one 10 mg tablet once daily


    Prevention of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women

    The recommended dosage is:
    one 35 mg tablet once weekly 
    one 5 mg tablet once daily


    Treatment to Increase Bone Mass in Men with Osteoporosis

    The recommended dosage is:
    one 70 mg tablet once weekly 
    one bottle of 70 mg oral solution once weekly 
    one 10 mg tablet once daily


    Treatment of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis

    The recommended dosage is one 5 mg tablet once daily, except for postmenopausal women not receiving estrogen, for whom the recommended dosage is one 10 mg tablet once daily.


    Treatment of Paget's Disease of Bone

    The recommended treatment regimen is 40 mg once a day for six months.

    STORAGE 

    Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

  • Do not take a Fosamax tablet if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes. Fosamax can cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). You will need to stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.

    You should not take Fosamax if you are allergic to alendronate, or if you have low levels of calcium in your blood (hypocalcemia), or a problem with the movement of muscles in your esophagus.

    To make sure you can safely take Fosamax, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

    • trouble swallowing;
    • a vitamin D deficiency;
    • a dental problem;
    • kidney disease; or
    • an ulcer or other problem in your stomach or esophagus.

    Some people using medicines similar to Fosamax have developed bone loss in the jaw, also called osteonecrosis of the jaw. Symptoms may include jaw pain, swelling, numbness, loose teeth, gum infection, or slow healing after injury or surgery involving the gums.

    You may be more likely to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw if you have cancer or have been treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or steroids. Other conditions associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw include blood clotting disorders, anemia (low red blood cells), and dental surgery or pre-existing dental problems.

    Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using Fosamax.

    FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Fosamax will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is not known whether alendronate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Fosamax without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

  • Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Fosamax: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Fosamax and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

    • chest pain;
    • difficulty or pain when swallowing;
    • pain or burning under the ribs or in the back;
    • severe heartburn, burning pain in your upper stomach, or coughing up blood;
    • new or worsening heartburn;
    • fever, body aches, flu symptoms;
    • severe joint, bone, or muscle pain;
    • new or unusual pain in your thigh or hip;
    • jaw pain, numbness, or swelling.

    Less serious Fosamax side effects may include:

    • mild heartburn, bloating;
    • mild nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain;
    • diarrhea, gas, or constipation;
    • mild joint pain or swelling;
    • swelling in your hands or feet; or
    • dizziness, eye pain, headache.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.