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Alendronate (Binosto, Fosamax)
What Is Alendronate?
Alendronate is a type of medication classified as bisphosphonate. It works by altering the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body, slowing bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.
What Is Alendronate Used to Treat?
Alendronate is used primarily to treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. This medication is also used to treat a disease called Paget’s disease of the bone (a condition in which the normal process of bone remodeling is disrupted) and to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
What Are the Common Side Effects of Alendronate?
Common side effects of Alendronate may include abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. In rare cases, it may cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus. If you experience any severe side effects such as difficulty or pain swallowing, worsening heartburn, or chest pain, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention.
For more detailed information about Alendronate, you can refer to the following sources:
- Fosamax prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Alendronate, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
- Alendronate, John Hopkins Arthritis Center.
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Frequently asked questions
What are the Most Common Side Effects of Alendronate?
The most common side effects of Alendronate are abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, headaches, and dizziness.
What to Avoid While Taking Alendronate?
While taking Alendronate, you should avoid:
- Eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes after taking this medication.
- Take antacids, calcium supplements, or other products containing calcium within two hours of taking Alendronate.
- Lying down for at least 30 minutes after taking Alendronate.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and ibuprofen can increase the risk of stomach and esophageal problems
Moreover, it is important to inform your doctor or pharmacist about any other medications you are taking before starting a course of Alendronate. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. This will help to ensure that the benefits of Alendronate outweigh any potential risks.
What Is the Typical Dosage for Alendronate?
Typical dosages of Alendronate are:
- Treatment for osteoporosis: 5 to 10 mg orally once daily, or one 70 mg tablet once a week.
- Prevention of osteoporosis: 5 mg tablet once a day, or one 35 mg tablet once a week.
- Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis: 5 mg once a day.
- Treatment of Paget’s disease: 40 mg tablet once a day.
The exact dosage of Alendronate will depend on the individual and their condition. It is important to always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions when it comes to taking any medications. Do not change the dose of Alendronate without first speaking with a doctor or pharmacist. Additionally, if you experience any side effects while taking this medication, contact your healthcare professional right away.
Can You Buy Alendronate Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, alendronate is not available over-the-counter. It’s a prescription medication, which means a licensed healthcare provider must assess your condition and prescribe it if appropriate. DrHouse is here to help facilitate that process online.
Can You Get Alendronate Online?
Yes, you can get a prescription for Alendronate online with DrHouse. DrHouse is a healthcare platform that provides access to telemedicine services. Our board-certified doctors can diagnose and treat many conditions, including osteoporosis, online and issue prescriptions for medications like Alendronate when it is appropriate.
Is It Legal to Prescribe Medicine Online?
Yes, it is completely legal to prescribe medicine online. Telehealth services like DrHouse operate under strict medical and legal guidelines to ensure the highest standard of care for our patients. Our licensed doctors are fully qualified to assess your health, provide medical advice, and write prescriptions.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription for Alendronate?
Getting an online prescription is simple and fast with DrHouse. All you have to do is:
- Sign up
- Download our telehealth app
- Fill in your personal information
- Answer a few questions about your medical history
- Start an on-demand virtual visit with one of our healthcare providers
Once you have started the virtual visit, your provider will determine whether you are a good candidate for Alendronate. If they deem it to be an appropriate treatment option for you, they will issue an online prescription which can then be filled at any pharmacy of your choice.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Prescription for Alendronate?
At DrHouse you can see an online doctor within 15 minutes and receive your prescription. From there, you have the option to either have the prescription sent to your pharmacy of choice or have the meds delivered directly to your door.
Can I Get a Refill for Alendronate From DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a refill for Alendronate from DrHouse. To refill your Alendronate prescription, start an on-demand virtual visit with one of our healthcare providers. During the visit, they will assess your condition and determine if a refill is required.
If they deem it to be an appropriate treatment option for you, they will issue an online prescription which can then be filled at any pharmacy of your choice.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.