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Alendronate

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
 
  • A narrowing of the esophagus (an esophageal stricture)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
  • An inability to sit upright or stand for 30 minutes
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Difficulty swallowing or other problems with your esophagus
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Planning to have a dental procedure.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Alendronate to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
   

How Does It Work?

Alendronate belongs to a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. The drug binds to certain cells in bones and slows down the rate at which it breaks down.
 

Effects of Alendronate

Alendronate has been evaluated in several studies for various osteoporosis-related uses.
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