What is Fosamax?
Fosamax is an inhibitor of the bone resorption from the group of bisphosphonates. Alendronate sodium stops the processes of the destruction of the bone tissue. The use of the drug helps patients to keep a density of the bone tissue.
A peculiarity of Fosamax is an indirect influence on the formation of the new bone tissue. A task of the drug is to regulate biological processes happening in the bone tissue. Due to this, a destruction of bones is stopped, and they are also improved inside. Moreover, the drug improves the uptake of calcium, and so the building processes happen faster.
A therapeutic effect develops slowly even during the observance of all recommendations. These changes may be estimated in 3 months after the started treatment.
Who should take Fosamax?
Fosamax is prescribed patients during intensive destruction of the bone tissue caused by one of the following diseases:
- Osteoporosis during postmenopause
- Paget disease
- Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in men
- Prevention of osteoporosis in women during menopause
How to take Fosamax?
Fosamax is produced in pills for the oral use. You should take the pills every day, in accordance with the instruction. It is better to take the pills 30 minutes before meals. Take it with clear water. Do not take the pills with juice or milk.
Do not dissolve the pill in the mouth cavity, chew it, or mix it with food. The use of the drug with food lowers a bioavailability and efficiency of the therapeutic action.
Do not lie down within 30-40 minutes after the use of the pill. Therefore, it is better to take the drug in the morning before breakfast. Do not take Fosamax before sleeping.
To prevent osteoporosis, patients should take just 5 mg of Fosamax per day. But if a destruction of the bone tissue is intensive and osteoporosis is not treatable with low doses, 70 mg of Fosamax per day may be used.
What are side effects?
The use of Fosamax may be accompanied by some side effects such as arthralgia, myalgia, headache, stomachache, digestion upset, formation of ulcers, bloating, and peripheral edemas.
Most side effects appear as a result of the incorrect dose. Therefore, the treatment should be started from the minimal doses of 5-10 mg, and a dose should be gradually increased. This way, a risk of the side effects is lowered.
- Fosamax does not improve growth and formation of new tissues. It just stimulates all biological processes. So, it is necessary to take enough calcium during the treatment. This is a building material needed for the maximal efficiency of the drug
- Do not take Fosamax during acute states of the ulcerous disease of the stomach and duodenum
- If a patient has severe dysfunctions of kidneys, the use of Fosamax is not recommended. Complications may occur
- If you found gastric bleedings, burning in the stomach or esophagus, heartburning, flatulency, go to a gastrologist. The treatment is stopped during the appeared ulcers.