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Alendronic Acid Topical



How it works

Alendronic acid belongs to class of medications called bisphosphonates. It acts by slowing bone breakdown process, increasing bone density (thickness), and decreasing the amount of calcium released from the bones into the blood.

Common side effects


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Expert advice

Do not take alendronic acid at bedtime or before getting up for the day.
Take alendronic acid tablet after getting up for the day
  • before taking any food, drink, or other medicine
  • with plain water only (not with mineral water, milk, coffee, tea or juice).
Do not crush or chew the tablet or allow it to dissolve in your mouth.
After swallowing your alendronic acid tablet, wait at least 30 minutes before taking your first food, drink, or other medicine of the day, including antacids, calcium supplements and vitamins.
Do not lie down
  • stay fully upright (sitting, standing or walking) for at least 30 minutes after swallowing the tablet.
Do not start or continue the alendronic acid tablets if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to alendronic acid or any of the other ingredients of alendronic acid.
Do not take alendronic acid tablets if you develop difficulty or pain upon swallowing, chest pain, or new or worsening heartburn.
Avoid using alendronic acid if you have gum disease or have a planned dental extraction.
Dental examination should be considered before taking alendronic acid tablets in case of any following conditions such as cancer, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, steroids, gum disease or having a habit of smoking (as it increases the risk of dental problems).

Content on this page was last updated on 25 January, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)