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Healthcare providers may prescribe alendronate effervescent tablets for use in the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis. These tablets work by slowing down the breakdown of bones and increasing bone density. They can also be prescribed for off-label (unapproved) uses, such as treating Paget's disease, hypercalcemia, and osteoporosis in pre-menopausal women.
An Overview of Uses for Alendronate Effervescent Tablets
The alendronate effervescent tablet (Binosto™) is a prescription medication approved to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and to increase bone mass in men who have osteoporosis. It belongs to a group of medicines known as bisphosphonates. It contains the same active ingredient as Fosamax® (alendronate), but it comes as an effervescent tablet that dissolves in water.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It occurs when old bone is broken down faster than the body can rebuild it. As a result, the bones become weak and brittle. Weak and brittle bone is more likely to break, which makes a person with osteoporosis at risk for fractures. While the disease can occur in any bone, it is most common in the hip, wrist, and spine; osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in these areas.
Osteoporosis is generally a disease associated with aging -- the older you are, the greater your risk for developing the condition. However, other factors also increase a person's risk for it, including but not limited to:
- Being female (although osteoporosis also occurs in men)
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Having a family history of osteoporosis
- Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D
- Taking certain medications, such as long-term corticosteroids and certain antiseizure medications.
(See Risk Factors for Osteoporosis to read more about these and other risk factors.)
It is important to note that osteoporosis is not an inevitable part of aging. In fact, there are many things a person can do to maintain and improve their bone health. Some of the ways to help prevent osteoporosis include:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, either through diet or supplements
- Not smoking (or, if you do smoke, quitting)
- Drinking alcohol in moderation.
See the following articles to learn more about preventing osteoporosis:
The alendronate effervescent tablet is one of several bisphosphonates approved to treat osteoporosis (see Osteoporosis Medications for more information). It is approved for use in men and women. The medication can help reduce bone loss, increase bone density, and decrease the risk of breaking a bone in the spine and hip.
At this time, it is not entirely known how long a person needs to take alendronate effervescent tablets. While some people may be able to stop treatment after three to five years, others may benefit from longer use. Your healthcare provider will evaluate your need for ongoing treatment on a regular basis to determine if you should still be taking the medication.
It is important to keep in mind that this medicine is just one part of your osteoporosis treatment. You should also make sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D, either through your diet or with supplements. Talk to your healthcare provider about other ways you can help improve your bone health during treatment.