Etidronate Drug Information
Etidronate disodium (Didronel®) is a prescription medication that is part of a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. It is approved for the following uses:
- To prevent and treat abnormal bone formation (known medically as heterotopic ossification) after total hip replacement surgery or spinal cord injury
- To treat Paget's disease of bone.
Most people have no problems with etidronate; however, the drug's safety information should be reviewed so that you are aware of possible side effects (such as nausea and diarrhea) and know the warning signs of an allergic reaction or other serious problem that requires prompt medical attention. This product comes in tablet form. It is taken daily for a specific period, usually three to six months.
(For more details on this drug, click Etidronate. This article has in-depth information on a number of topics, including how it works and why it should be taken at a specific time of day.)