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Who Should Not Take Alendronate?

You should not take alendronate if you:
 
  • Are allergic to alendronate, Fosamax, or any inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
     
  • Have low blood calcium (hypocalcemia).
     
  • Cannot sit or stand upright for 30 minutes (which is necessary in order to take alendronate).
     
  • Have problems with your esophagus, such as an esophageal stricture or difficulty swallowing. People who have difficulty swallowing liquids should not take liquid alendronate.
 

Precautions and Warnings With Alendronate: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which alendronate should not be taken, as well as several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before starting the medication. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific precautions and warnings with alendronate that may apply to you.
 
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