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Alendronate is a drug that is used to treat osteoporosis and Paget's disease. It works by binding to certain cells in bones and slowing down the rate at which it breaks down. Alendronate comes in tablet form; however, a liquid form is also available for those who have difficulty swallowing tablets. Possible side effects of the drug include muscle pain, joint pain, and indigestion.
What Is Alendronate?Alendronate sodium (Fosamax®) is a prescription medication approved for the following uses:
- Treating osteoporosis in both men in women due to steroid medications, such as prednisone
- Preventing and treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women
- Treating osteoporosis in men
- Treating Paget's disease in men and women.