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When and How to Take Etidronate

General considerations for when and how to take etidronate include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth every day for a period of time (usually three to six months, depending on several factors).
  • Take etidronate on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Do not eat for two hours before or after taking the drug. Many foods interact with etidronate, decreasing its absorption into the body and making it less effective.
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of plain water (do not use any other beverage).
  • Try to stay upright for 30 minutes after taking etidronate, as this can help prevent irritation to your esophagus.
  • Do not take vitamins, minerals, or antacids that contain calcium, iron, magnesium, or aluminum for two hours after taking etidronate (see Drug Interactions With Etidronate).
  • It is best to take this medication at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The dose of etidronate your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The condition being treated
  • Your weight
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Etidronate Dosing for more information.)
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