FOSAMAX. 10 mg. 14 tablets
FOSAMAX. 10 mg. 14 tablets
How should I take FOSAMAX?
Important things you must do if you want to be sure that FOSAMAX will improve your condition are:
1. Morning after getting up before breakfast , drink , or take any other medicines , swallow your FOSAMAX tablet with a full glass of plain ( tap) water.
No mineral water . No coffee or tea. Not with fruit juice.
Do not chew or suck the tablet FOSAMAX.
2 . After having a FOSAMAX tablet not lie down - stay fully upright (you can sit, to stand or walk ) at least for a period of 30 minutes and up to your first meal of the day .
3 . Do not take FOSAMAX at bedtime or before the morning waking .
The above actions will facilitate rapid achievement of FOSAMAX tablet to the stomach and help to prevent irritation of the esophagus ( the body which lies between the mouth and stomach) .
4 . After taking FOSAMAX tablet , wait at least 30 minutes before taking your first food of the day , drink or other medicines , including antacids (medicines that reduce stomach acid ), calcium supplements, or vitamins . FOSAMAX is effective only if taken on an empty stomach .
5 . If you develop difficulty or pain upon swallowing , chest pain , emerging " acid " or worsening of old ones stop FOSAMAX and call your doctor.
6 . Take FOSAMAX once a day , every day.
7 . It is important to continue taking FOSAMAX for as long as your doctor prescribes . FOSAMAX can treat your osteoporosis only if you continue taking it .
The doctor must know about all medications you are taking or plan to take, including those obtained without a prescription .
What is FOSAMAX?
FOSAMAX (alendronate sodium, MSD) is a white oval tablet containing as active substance 10 mg alendronate.
FOSAMAX is available in packs of 14 or 28 tablets.
In addition FOSAMAX contains the following inactive ingredients : microcrystalline cellulose , anhydrous lactose , croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, and carnauba wax .
FOSAMAX enter the group of non-hormonal medicines called bisphosphonates sulphonates . FOSAMAX stops the bone loss that occurs in men , postmenopausal women and patients receiving corticosteroid medications (eg, prednisone , methylprednisolone ) . FOSAMAX helps to rebuild bone and makes them less fragile .
Marketing Authorisation Manufacturer: use:
MSD IDEA INC., Merck Sharp & Dohme,
Glattbrugg - Switzerland Haarlem - Netherlands
Why my doctor prescribed FOSAMAX?
Your doctor has prescribed FOSAMAX, to cure your disease called osteoporosis or to prevent you from developing this disease . This will help to prevent the development of fractures ( breaks) .
How to maintain normal bone structure ?
Bones of the skeleton undergo the normal process of constantly rebuilding . First is removed ( absorbed ) the old bone is then constructed ( formed ) new. This balanced process of resorption and bone formation keeps your skeleton healthy and strong .
What is osteoporosis and why should I be treated ?
Osteoporosis is a thinning and weakening of bones. It is common in women after menopause and can occur in men. It can be caused by certain drugs called corticosteroids , and male and female. Early on, osteoporosis usually has no symptoms . If not treated , however , it may lead to fracture ( fracture of bones) . Although fractures usually cause pain, fractures of the spine may not be noticed until they cause height loss . Fractures can occur in ordinary, everyday activity , such as lifting heavy objects or minor injuries that would not break a healthy bone. Fractures usually occur in the hip , spine or wrist and can lead but to pain and significant deformities and disability (such as alignment of curvature of the spine and inability to move ) .
Why do we need continued treatment with FOSAMAX?
Prolonged therapy is necessary to stop the subsequent loss of the bone tissue and to finish the formation of the bones . It is therefore important to perform medical instructions for taking FOSAMAX without missing doses or change the prescribed regimen.
What you should know before you start taking FOSAMAX? Who should not take FOSAMAX?
Do not take FOSAMAX if:
• have any diseases of the esophagus.
• you are unable to stay upright for at least 30 minutes.
• you have an allergy to any component of the drug
• your doctor has told recently that have low levels of serum calcium.
What should I tell the doctor or pharmacist before starting treatment with FOSAMAX?
Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you have or have had , including kidney disease and allergies. If you have trouble swallowing or digestive disorders , you should discuss with your doctor before you start treatment with FOSAMAX.
Use in pregnancy and lactation .
Do not take FOSAMAX, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
In children .
FOSAMAX not shown and is not to be used for the treatment of children .
Use in the elderly.
The efficacy and tolerability of FOSAMAX in patients less than 65 years and is equal .
FOSAMAX Can be taken with other medicines ?
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Can you drive a car and operate machinery after the adoption of FOSAMAX?
FOSAMAX should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
What should I take an overdose ?
If you swallow too many tablets, drink a full glass of milk and contact a doctor . Do not induce vomiting ! Do not lie !
What to do if you miss a dose?
Take FOSAMAX once daily as prescribed. However, if you miss a dose, do not take an extra dose , just carry on as usual regimen of one tablet daily.
What side effects may have FOSAMAX?
FOSAMAX no side effects in most patients. As each drug , however , FOSAMAX may cause unexpected adverse effects. Side effects were usually mild . Some patients can have digestive disorders such as nausea, vomiting, or black and / or bloody stools . Some digestive disorders can be severe , including irritation or ulceration of the esophagus, which can cause chest pain, heartburn or difficulty or pain when swallowing. These reactions may occur especially in patients who do not drink a full glass of water with FOSAMAX and / or if bed earlier than 30 minutes after taking the drug or before your first meal of the day. Reactions gullet can worsen if patients continue to take FOSAMAX after the onset of symptoms associated with irritation of the esophagus.
Some patients may experience pain in the bones, muscles or joints ( often accompanied by flu-like symptoms or fever) , or rarely , rash ( sometimes aggravated by sunlight ) , itching, or pain in the eye. May occur allergic reactions such as hives or , rarely , swelling of the face, lips, tongue and / or throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing. Rarely , gastric or peptic ulcers ( some severe ) can occur , but it is not known whether they are caused by the treatment with FOSAMAX. Mouth ulcers may occur when the tablet is chewed or melted in the mouth.
Your doctor or pharmacist have more complete information. Immediately tell your doctor or pharmacist about these or other unusual symptoms.
How can you learn more about FOSAMAX or osteoporosis?
Further information can be obtained from your doctor or pharmacist as they have more information about FOSAMAX and osteoporosis.
What is the shelf life of FOSAMAX?
Do not use the medication after month and year indicated by four digits after " EXP" printed on the packaging. The first two digits indicate the month and the last two - year.
How should I store FOSAMAX?
Store at room temperature FOSAMAX .
Keep FOSAMAX and all medicines out of the reach of children.