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How Does This Medicine Work?

Healthy bones go through a natural cycle of turnover in which they are continuously broken down (a process called resorption) and rebuilt (a process called formation). Alendronate effervescent tablets bind to certain parts of the bone and block the activity of cells called osteoclasts that are responsible for breaking it down. This helps slow down the rate of bone breakdown, which can increase bone density.

Can Children Use It?

Alendronate effervescent tablets are not approved for use in children (usually defined as individuals younger than 18 years of age). Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication in a child. 

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Use Alendronate Effervescent Tablet?

Alendronate effervescent tablets can be used in older adults, and because they are used to treat osteoporosis, the drug is likely to be used in older individuals. However, some older adults may be more sensitive to side effects. In addition, alendronate effervescent tablets are not recommended for use in people with severe kidney disease. Because kidney function declines with age, some older adults may be unable to use the medication.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is known as an "off-label" use. Alendronate effervescent tablets may be used off-label for the treatment of:
  • Paget's disease
  • Osteoporosis in pre-menopausal women
  • Hypercalcemia (high blood calcium levels).
Using alendronate effervescent tablets for osteoporosis prevention would also be an off-label use.
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