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    Alendronic Acid

    Information about Alendronic Acid

    Alendronic acid uses

    Alendronic Acid is used in the treatment of osteoporosis. It treats osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and men at high risk of fractures.

    How alendronic acid works

    Alendronic Acid is a bisphosphonate. It works by suppressing the activity of osteoclasts, cells that cause destruction of bone. This strengthens the bones and minimizes the risk of fractures.

    Common side effects of alendronic acid

    Headache, Back pain, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Indigestion, Heartburn, Diarrhea
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    05 Mar 2019 | 11:23 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Alendronic Acid

    • Your doctor has prescribed Alendronic Acid to make your bones stronger and lower the risk of fractures.
    • Take it in the morning at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything.
    • Maintain an upright posture for 30 minutes after taking the medication so the medicine does not irritate your food pipe.
    • It may cause the amount of calcium in your blood to fall. Take calcium-rich food in your diet and have regular blood tests to monitor the level of calcium in your blood.
    • It is important to look after your mouth and teeth while you are taking this medicine. Have regular dental check-ups and inform your dentist about taking Alendronic Acid.

    Frequently asked questions for Alendronic Acid

    Alendronic Acid

    Q. Is alendronic acid safe/ dangerous/ a biphosphate/ a steroid/ vitamin D?

    Alendronic acid belongs to class of medications called bisphosphonates. It is not a steroid or vitamin D. It is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Can I take ibuprofen/ paracetamol with alendronic acid?

    Avoid taking alendronic acid with NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as it increases the gastrointestinal related side effects

    Q. Does Alendronic Acid affect your teeth?

    Alendronic Acid is not known to affect the teeth. However, bone damage in the jaw (osteonecrosis) generally associated with delayed healing and infection is known to occur following tooth extraction

    Q. Does alendronic acid contain calcium/ vitamin D?

    Alendronic acid does not contain calcium and vitamin D. You doctor may ask to take calcium or vitamin D

    Q. Does Alendronic Acid cause cancer/ hair loss/ make you tired/ increase in blood pressure?

    Alendronic Acid has a side effect of causing hair loss and tiredness. However, it is not known to cause cancer or increase in blood pressure. Consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.

    Content on this page was last updated on 05 March, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)