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.
Alendronate is 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, a condition where the bones are weak and soft and may be easily broken and deformed.
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.
Alendronate comes in a tablet form that you need to take by mouth. Take this tablet on an empty stomach. Take it at least 30 minutes before any beverages, food and other medication in the morning. By doing this, more drugs are absorbed into the body. For liquid Alendronate, drink plenty of water so the medicine will reach the intestines more quickly. After taking this medication, do not lie down for 30 minutes to allow the drug to reach the stomach faster. The usual recommended dose is as follows:
Some side effects of Alendronate are:
Serious side effects are: