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Alendronic Acid

What is alendronic acid?

Alendronic acid, also known as alendronate sodium, is an oral bisphosphonate that helps prevent bone loss and rebuild and strengthen bones where risk of deterioration or fracture is present. Alendronic acid tablets are relatively new to the market, released in 2008 under the brand name Fosamax.

Alendronic acid is administered in different doses as prescribed by a doctor, generally over the long term. It's advised that the medication be taken with a full glass of water and that patients avoid lying down for 30 minutes afterward.

Alendronic acid is prescribed to patients with osteoporosis or to those at risk of developing the condition. It is used equally among male and female patients, and in particular for women who are post-menopausal as a form of preventative treatment.

Possible Side Effects of Alendronic Acid

Side effects are considered uncommon with alendronic acid, but they do occur and can range from mild to severe. Most are digestive or gastrointestinal in nature, and include conditions like ulceration of the oesophagus, which can lead to heartburn, chest pain, difficulty or painful swallowing and more. Additional side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, dyspepsia, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, vomiting and black or bloody stools.

Other non-digestive side effects include joint pain, headache, changes in vision (such as haziness and floating black spots) or rash, hives and facial swelling. Patients are advised to talk to a medical professional if they experience any symptoms. Alendronic acid should not be used by pregnant women.

Warnings About Alendronic Acid

The information listed here regarding alendronic acid is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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