As prescribed for men: Fosamax is taken to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis. The first drug approved to treat osteoporosis in men. Bone is in a constant state of remodeling, whereby old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts, and new bone is laid down by cells called osteoblasts. Fosamax inhibits bone removal by the osteoclasts.
As prescribed for women: Fosamax is used to treat osteoporosis (thinning of bone) in women after menopause. After menopause, there is an increased rate of bone loss (resorption). In these patients, Fosamax has been shown to increase bone density while strengthening bone, and decrease the rate of bone fractures. Fosamax is also helpful in the treatment of Paget’s disease of the bone. Paget’s disease is characterized by a disorderly and accelerated remodeling of the bone, leading to bone weakness and pain.
Dosing: 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 Foramax a full glass of water. Please avoid lie down or recline for at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax.
Drug interaction: The safety of Fosamax in patients with significant kidney disease is not known. Therefore, it is not recommended for patients with significant kidney conditions. Since Fosamax can lower blood calcium, low blood calcium levels are corrected prior to use.
Side effects: If you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction immediately contact doctor; 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:
- severe joint, bone, or muscle pain
- chest pain;
- difficulty or pain when swallowing;
- pain or burning under the ribs or in the back.
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