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Osteoporosis Treatments

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turlough's version from 2017-10-30 01:00

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3 products containing alendronate1) Fosamax. 2) Romax. 3) Fostepor.
One product contains alendronate in combination with another drug. Name the product and the other drug, Fosavance. Vitamin D (cholecalciferol)
3 indications for alendronate Treatment and prevention of post-menopausal osteoporosis. Treatment of osteoporosis in men. Prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.
5 contra-indications for alendronate Hypersensitivity. Inability to sit or stand upright for 30 minutes. Hypocalcaemia. Oesophageal abnormalities. CrCl < 35 mL/min.
Is alendronate suitable in pregnancy or in breastfeeding? No to both.
Discuss alendronate interactionsCertain medicines (e.g. antacids, calcium supplements, iron salts, tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones) are particularly likely to reduce alendronate absorption. However the dosage advice is the same regardless: take the alendronate at least 30 minutes before the first food or medicines of the day.
What else do patients on a bisphosphonate such as alendronate need to do in order to achieve their treatment goals? 1) Take sufficient calcium and vitamin D. 2) Get sufficient weight-bearing exercise.
How often should patients take alendronate? When should they take it? Once weekly. First thing in the morning.
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