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Read information about Alendronate Sodium below to learn about its common uses. If you have questions about this medicine, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to inform them of all the medications you are currently taking.
- Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get this medicine refilled.
- Swallow this medicine whole. Do not break, crush, chew, or suck on the tablet before swallowing.
- Take this medicine by mouth on an empty stomach in the morning at least 30 minutes before your first food, drink, or other medicine of the day. Do NOT take this medicine at bedtime or before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Take this medicine with a full glass of plain water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not take this medicine with mineral water, coffee, tea, or juice. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medicine and until you eat your first food of the day.
- This medicine is usually taken 1 time each week. Be sure you understand how to take it. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Continue to use this medicine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of this medicine, do not take it later in the day. Take it the morning after you remember and then go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses within the same day.
- Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medicine.
- All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
- Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; feeling bloated or full; flu-like symptoms at the start of treatment; gas; headache; mild back, muscle, or joint pain; mild stomach pain or upset; nausea; taste changes; vomiting.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue); black, tarry, or bloody stools; chest pain; coughing or vomiting blood; difficult or painful swallowing; mouth sores; new, worsening, or persistent heartburn; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe bone, muscle, or joint pain (especially in the hip, groin, or thigh); severe or persistent sore throat or stomach pain; swelling of the hands, legs, or joints; swelling or pain in the jaw; symptoms of low blood calcium (eg, spasms, twitches, or cramps in your muscles; numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, or around your mouth).
- This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch