Etidronate

Information about Etidronate

Etidronate Uses

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

How Etidronate works

Etidronate 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 Etidronate

Headache, Back pain, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Indigestion, Heartburn, Diarrhea
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Available Medicine for Etidronate

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Expert advice for Etidronate

  • Your doctor has prescribed Etidronate 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 Etidronate.

Frequently asked questions for Etidronate

Etidronate

Q. How to take Etidronate?

It should be taken in the morning after getting up on an empty stomach with a full glass of water. Do not lie down and stay fully upright for at least 30 minutes after swallowing the medicine. Avoid taking any food or medication for the next 30 mins after taking this medicine. Take this medicine only after consulting the doctor and follow the instructions advised.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Etidronate?

If you forget a dose of Etidronate, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. Is Etidronate safe?

Etidronate is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. Why can you not lie down after taking Etidronate?

No, one should not lie down. This is because there is a possibility that the medication might come back up into the esophagus (food pipe) and even damage the esophagus. Staying upright will help the medicine to settle down quickly in your stomach and prevent side effects like heartburn and pain.

Q. Does Etidronate cause hair loss?

Yes, Etidronate can cause hair loss, but this is not a common side effect. If you experience hair loss while taking this medication immediately report to your doctor and follow the advice given.

Q. Can Etidronate be used in pregnant women?

Etidronate should be avoided during pregnancy. There is a lack of data regarding the use of Etidronate in pregnant women. You should consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant before taking this medication.

Q. Is Etidronate effective?

Etidronate is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Etidronate too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

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