Fosamax is commonly used to prevent or treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women as well as osteoporosis caused by steroids. Fosamax can also be used to treat other bone diseases such as Pagets disease. Fosamax can prevent bone fractures and slow bone loss while increasing bone mass by altering the bone formation cycle as well as bone breakdown in the body.
Store at room temperature and do not freeze. Keep away from moisture, light, heat, children and pets. Do not store in the bathroom.
Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you are taking any prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement; if you have a mental disorder or other condition that may decrease your ability to follow dosing instructions; if you are bedridden or have a history of aspiration; if you have a history of kidney problems, difficult or painful swallowing, bowel or stomach problems such as inflammation or ulcer, or esophagus problems such as reflux disease, heartburn, or severe irritation; if you have poor dental problems, dental hygiene, or are currently having a dental procedure; if you smoke or drink alcohol, if you take corticosteroid such as prednisone, or if you have had or will be having chemotherapy or radiation treatment; or if you have low blood vitamin D levels, anemia, cancer, blood clotting problems, an infection, or calcium
Patients taking this medication have developed bone loss in the jaw (Osteonecrosis of the jaw). If you have cancer and have had treatment for cancer (chemotherapy, radiation, or steroids), you will be more likely to develop Osteonecrosis of the jaw.
Patient Family Information : It is important to strictly follow the directions provided on the prescription and by directions provided from your doctor. Take Fosamax only in the recommended dosage. Take Fosamax on an empty stomach before eating any food, taking any other medication, or drinking water in the morning. Before taking Fosamax, drink a minimum of 2 oz or a 1/4 cup of plain water, coffee, tea, or juice. After taking Fosamax, do not lie down for at least 30 minutes. Once you have eaten your first food of the day, you can lie down. It is also important not to miss any doses of Fosamax, even if you begin to feel better. If a dose is missed, take it the morning after you remember, not later in the day. Return to your regular dosing schedule. Never take 2 doses at once.
Do not take this medication before bedtime or before you get out of bed in the morning. Avoid taking Fosamax if you are unable to stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes. Before taking Fosamax, inform your doctor if you have low blood calcium, kidney disease, an ulcer, or a vitamin D deficiency. If you have any of these issues, you may require a dose adjustment or special tests. Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Also, do not breast children.
Sever Side Effects : Severe: Chest pain; coughing or vomiting blood; black, tarry, or bloody stools; mouth sores; difficult or painful swallowing; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, new, worsening, or severe heartburn; severe joint, bone or muscle pain; swelling of the legs, joints, or hands; swelling or pain in the jaw; or severe allergic reactions including itching, hives, difficulty breathing, hives, tightness in the chest, itching, or swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue.
Common: Diarrhea, headahce; gas; mild stomach pain; nausea; taste changes; vomiting; dizziness; feeling bloated or full; bone, muscle or joint pain; or flu like symptoms at the start of treatment.
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