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Osteoporosis, which means "porous bone," is a disease characterized by low bone mass (bone thinning) that leads to fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, your healthcare provider may recommend alendronate and cholecalciferol (Fosamax Plus D™).
 
This medication consists of a bisphosphonate and vitamin D, both of which are important in slowing down the rate at which bone breaks down. It comes in tablet form. Depending on the dose, alendronate and cholecalciferol is taken either daily or weekly.
 
(Click What Is Alendronate and Cholecalciferol Used For? to learn more about using this product for osteoporosis. This article takes an in-depth look at how it works and why it is sometimes prescribed for "off-label" uses.)
 
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