ACT Etidrocal; Didrocal; Etidrocal; Mylan-Eti-Cal Carepac; Novo-Etidronatecal
- It is used to put off or treat soft, brittle bones (osteoporosis).
- If you have an allergy to etidronate, calcium, or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have soft bones (osteomalacia).
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have a bone density test as you have been told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
- Take calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
- Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
- If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- 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 a dental exam before starting this drug.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug.
- This drug prevents many other drugs from getting into the body. If you take other drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take them at some other time than this drug.
- 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 infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Chest pain.
- Feeling confused.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Very bad pain when swallowing.
- Very bad bone, joint, or muscle pain.
- Any new or strange groin, hip, or thigh pain.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- This drug may cause jawbone problems. The chance may be higher the longer you take this drug. The chance may be higher if you have cancer, dental problems, dentures that do not fit well, anemia, blood clotting problems, or an infection. The chance may also be higher if you are having dental work, getting chemo or radiation, or taking other drugs that may cause jawbone problems like some steroid drugs. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Call your doctor right away if you have jaw swelling or pain.
- Belly pain or heartburn.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Leg cramps.
- Joint pain.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Do not take the etidronate and the calcium at the same time.
- Take on an empty stomach. Take 2 hours before or 2 hours after meals.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Do not take calcium, iron, vitamins with minerals, or antacids within 2 hours of this drug.
- Do not take products that have magnesium like some laxatives within 2 hours of this drug.
- Take this drug with food.
- If you have trouble swallowing, the tablet may be crushed or chewed and swallowed with a drink of water.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses on the same day.
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- 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.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting 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.