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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking etidronate if you have:
  • Osteomalacia (soft bones due to a vitamin D deficiency)
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Etidronate to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does This Medication Work?

Etidronate belongs to a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. It delays the breakdown of bone, as well as the buildup of new bone. These characteristics can be useful for treating Paget's disease, in which bone is broken down too quickly and improperly reformed. With heterotopic ossification (the abnormal formation of bone in nonskeletal parts of the body), etidronate can prevent or stop the formation of abnormal bone.
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