Alendronate is a prescription drug used for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones making the bones porous and fragile where the risk of fracture is greater. Osteoporosis in post-menopausal women happens when there is lack of estrogen production in the body.
Alendronateis also used to treat osteoporosis in both men and women who are taking a corticosteroid.It is also prescribed by doctors for the treatment of Paget’s disease, acondition where the bones are weak and soft and may be easily broken anddeformed.
Alendronate belongs to the group of medications known as bisphosphonates. It works by slowing the bone loss (osteoblasts) thereby increasing the bone density or thickness. By increasing the bone density, the risk of bone fracture is reduced. It prevents the bone from breaking down.
Alendronatecomes in a tablet form that you need to take by mouth. Take this tablet on anempty stomach. Take it at least 30 minutes before any beverages, food and othermedication in the morning. By doing this, more drugs are absorbed into thebody. For liquid Alendronate, drink plenty of water so the medicine will reachthe intestines more quickly. After taking this medication, do not lie down for30 minutes to allow the drug to reach the stomach faster. The usual recommendeddose is as follows:
Someside effects of Alendronate are:
Seriousside effects are:
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