Tablets: 10 milligrams (daily),
Tablets: 70 milligrams (weekly).
Fosamax is prescribed to treat osteoporosis (thinning of bone) in women after menopause. After menopause,
there is an increased rate of bone loss (resorption). In these patients,
Fosamax has been shown to increase bone density while strengthening
bone, and decrease the rate of bone fractures.
Fosamax is prescribed in the treatment of Paget's disease of the bone. Paget's disease is
characterized by a disorderly and accelerated remodeling of the bone, leading to bone weakness and pain.
Fosamax is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease, in postmenopausal women. It is also prescribed to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis, and is prescribed for both men and women who have developed a form of osteoporosis sometimes caused by steroid medications such as prednisone. This drug can also be prescribed to relieve Paget's disease of bone, a painful condition that weakens and deforms the bones.
Since food, other medications, and vitamins can interfere with the absorption
of Fosamax, it should be taken at least
30 minutes before food, beverage, vitamins or medicines. In
order to avoid chemical irritation of the esophagus (the tube that connects
the mouth with the stomach), Fosamax should be taken with a full
glass of plain water first thing in the morning and never chewed or sucked. It
should be avoided by patients with abnormalities of the esophagus which
delay esophageal emptying, such as scarring (stricture) or poor
motility (achalasia). Patients should also not lie down for 30 minutes
after swallowing the tablets. Those patients who are unable to remain
upright for at least 30 minutes after taking medication should avoid Fosamax.
TREATMENT OF POSTMENOPAUSAL OSTEOPOROSIS
The usual dose is one 10-mg tablet once a day, or one 70-mg tablet or bottle of oral solution once a week. Treatment continues for years.
PREVENTION OF POSTMENOPAUSAL OSTEOPOROSIS
The usual dose is one 5-mg tablet once a day or one 35-mg tablet once a week.
OSTEOPOROSIS IN MEN
The usual dose is one 10-mg tablet once a day, or one 70-mg tablet or bottle of oral solution once a week.
The usual dose is one 5-mg tablet once a day, except for postmenopausal women not taking estrogen, who should take one 10-mg tablet once daily.
The usual dose is 40 mg once a day for 6 months.
Fosamax is generally well tolerated. Side effects are infrequent and mild.
Side effects include:
- Muscle ache;
- Stomach pain or upset;
Fosamax can irritate the esophagus to cause heartburn in
patients who lie down flat after swallowing, thereby delaying passage of the medication to
Fosamax side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Muscle Pain;
- Bone And Joint Pain;
- Acid Regurgitation;
- Abdominal Pain;