Osteofos (Alendronate Sodium)
What is Osteofos (Alendronate Sodium) used for?
Osteofos (Sodium Alendronate) is prescribed for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis (thinning of bone) in postmenopausal women. It reduces the chance of fractures, including those of the spine and hip. It is also a treatment to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis.
How should I use Osteofos (Alendronate Sodium)?
The dosage of Osteofos (Alendronate Sodium) will be determined by the severity of your symptoms and your health condition. It is usually taken once a week unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water. Do not chew, crush, or dissolve the tablets. After taking the medication, stay fully upright (sitting, standing or walking) for at least 30 minutes and do not lie down until after your first food of the day. Do not take the tablets at bedtime or before getting up for the day.
What are the side effects of Osteofos (Alendronate Sodium)?
Some side effects experienced by users of Osteofos (Alendronate Sodium) include:
If you experience any severe side effects or are worried about any symptoms, contact your doctor for assistance.
Do not take any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids for at least 30 minutes after taking Osteofos (Alendronate Sodium). Tell your doctor if you have any conditions that make it difficult for you to swallow, a vitamin deficiency, or any disease that lowers kidney or liver function.
Strictly use this medication as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient's health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Osteofos may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure you doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.