Alendronate Effervescent Tablet Side Effects
Common Side Effects
Alendronate effervescent tablets have been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people receiving the drug were documented and compared to those that occurred in a similar group given a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
In these studies, the most common side effects of alendronate effervescent tablets included:
- Abdominal (stomach) pain -- in up to 6.6 percent of people
- Bone, muscle, or joint pain -- up to 4.1 percent
- Acid reflux -- up to 4.1 percent
- Gas -- up to 4.1 percent
- Nausea -- up to 3.6 percent
- Indigestion -- up to 3.6 percent
- Constipation -- up to 3.1 percent
- Diarrhea -- up to 3.1 percent
- Headache -- up to 2.6 percent.
Other common reactions, occurring in 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent of people, may include:
- Swelling of the stomach (a distended stomach)
- Muscle cramps
- Ulcers in the esophagus or stomach
- Difficulty swallowing
- Inflammation of the lining of the stomach
- Changes in taste.
You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using alendronate effervescent tablets or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.