Didronel alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. It is prescribed to treat Paget's disease, and to treat conditions of irregular bone growth due to hip fracture or spinal cord injury. It may also be prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking Didronel unless otherwise directed by your doctor
Do not take Didronel without first talking to your doctor if you have -diarrhea; -a problem swallowing, such as a narrowing of the esophagus; -a stomach or esophageal ulcer or disease; or -kidney disease. Didronel is in the FDA pregnancy category C i.e. it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Didronel without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Didronel passes into breast milk. Do not take Didronel without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not take any other medicine, including vitamins, minerals, or other supplements, within 2 hours before or 2 hours after a dose of Didronel , unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Any drug that is taken within this time frame can decrease the effects of Didronel . Before taking Didronel , tell your doctor if you are taking warfarin (Coumadin). You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Didronel . Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any script or over-the-counter medicines.
Stop taking Didronel and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects: - an allergic reactions like difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; -difficulty or pain when swallowing; -pain or burning under the ribs or in the back; or -new or worsening heartburn.
Take emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of an Didronel overdose are not known but nausea, heartburn, pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, muscle cramps, numbness or tingling, uncontrollable facial grimacing, seizures, irritability, and abnormal behavior may be expected to occur. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and only take the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose.
Take each dose with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of tap water or bottled water. Do not eat any food, drink any liquid other than water, or take any medicines (including vitamins and antacids) for at least 2 hours before and 2 hours after a dose of Didronel . Take Didronel exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Didronel should not be crushed, chewed, or sucked. It should be swallowed. Store Didronel at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Didronel may also be known as: