Alendronate and cholecalciferol is a combination medicine used for treating osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women. It consists of a bisphosphonate and vitamin D, both of which are important in slowing down the rate at which bone breaks down. Alendronate and cholecalciferol tablets are available by prescription and are taken weekly. Potential side effects include indigestion, bone pain, and abdominal pain.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with alendronate and cholecalciferol. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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