Alendronate and Cholecalciferol
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking alendronate and cholecalciferol if you have:
- A narrowing of the esophagus (an esophageal stricture)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia) or high blood calcium (hypercalcemia)
- An inability to sit upright or stand for 30 minutes
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Fosamax and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Fosamax and Breastfeeding)
- Planning to have a dental procedure.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Alendronate and Cholecalciferol to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
The combination medicine consists of alendronate (Fosamax®) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D). Alendronate belongs to a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. The drug binds to certain cells in the bones and slows down the rate at which they break down. Cholecalciferol is a vitamin that is important for healthy bones and is necessary in order for alendronate to be effective.