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What Is Alendronate and Cholecalciferol Used For?

How Does Alendronate and Cholecalciferol Work?

As mentioned, the combination medicine consists of alendronate (Fosamax®) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D). Alendronate belongs to a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. It 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.

Is Alendronate and Cholecalciferol Used in Children?

Alendronate and cholecalciferol is not approved for use in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.

Is Alendronate and Cholecalciferol Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend alendronate and cholecalciferol for treating something other than osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women. The following uses are considered off-label alendronate and cholecalciferol uses:
  • Treating or preventing osteoporosis that is due to the use of steroids (such as prednisone)
  • Preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at risk for the condition.
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