This information from Lexicomp® explains what you need to know about this medication, including what it’s used for, how to take it, its side effects, and when to call your healthcare provider.
ACCEL-Alendronate [DSC]; ACH-Alendronate; ACT Alendronate; Alendronate-70; APO-Alendronate; Auro-Alendronate; DOM-Alendronate; DOM-Alendronate-FC; Fosamax; GEN-Alendronate; JAMP-Alendronate; MINT-Alendronate; MYLAN-Alendronate [DSC]; PHL-Alendronate [DSC]; PMS-Alendronate; PMS-Alendronate-FC; Q-Alendronate [DSC]; RAN-Alendronate; RIVA-Alendronate; SANDOZ Alendronate; TEVA-Alendronate; VAN-Alendronate
- It is used to help with some bone problems.
- If your child has been given this form of this drug, talk with the doctor for information about the benefits and risks. Talk with the doctor if you have questions or concerns about giving this drug to your child.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has any of these health problems: A swallowing tube (esophagus) that is not normal, low calcium levels, kidney disease, or trouble swallowing.
- If your child is not able to stand or sit up for 30 minutes.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Very bad swallowing tube (esophagus) problems like irritation, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding have happened with this drug. Talk with the doctor.
- Worsening of asthma has happened in people taking drugs like this one. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may raise the chance of a broken leg. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your child get a bone density test as you have been told by your child’s doctor.
- Give calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your child’s doctor.
- Have your child follow the diet plan your child’s doctor told you about.
- Have your child get a dental exam before starting this drug.
- Take care of your child’s teeth. See a dentist often.
- Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
- If your child smokes, talk with the doctor.
- This drug is not approved for use in children. However, the doctor may decide the benefits of taking this drug outweigh the risks. If your child has been given this drug, ask the doctor for information about the benefits and risks. Talk with the doctor if you have questions about giving this drug to your child.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to your child and the baby.
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low calcium levels like muscle cramps or spasms, numbness and tingling, or seizures.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Chest pain.
- Coughing up blood.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Very bad pain when swallowing.
- Sore throat.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Very bad bone, joint, or muscle pain.
- Any new or strange groin, hip, or thigh pain.
- Mouth sores.
- This drug may cause jawbone problems. The risk may be higher the longer your child takes this drug. The risk may be higher if your child has cancer, dental problems, dentures that do not fit well, anemia, blood clotting problems, or an infection. The risk may also be higher if your child is having dental work, gets chemo or radiation, or takes other drugs that may cause jawbone problems (like some steroid drugs). Talk with your child’s doctor if any of these apply to your child, if your child will be having dental work, or if your child takes other drugs that may cause jawbone problems. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has jaw swelling or pain.
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
- Belly pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Muscle or joint pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.
Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Give on an empty stomach before breakfast.
- Give at least 30 minutes before the first food, drink, or drugs of the day.
- Do not let your child lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug and until your child eats the first food of the day.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Keep giving this drug to your child as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child feels well.
- Give this drug with a full glass of water.
- Give this drug with plain water only. Avoid giving with mineral water or other drinks.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- Have your child drink 1/4 cup of water after taking the full dose.
- Give this drug with plain water only. Avoid giving with mineral water or other drinks.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this drug.
- Do not give it later in the day.
- Give the missed dose on the next morning after you think about it and then go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses on the same day.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Do not freeze.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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