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Alendronic acid Effervescent Tablet 70 mg

Uses

For bone strength.

Instructions

Dissolve the tablet in half a cup (120 mL) of water at room temperature. After the bubbling stops, wait at least 5 minutes for the tablet to dissolve completely. Stir the liquid for 10 seconds and then drink it.

Do not use any liquid except water to dissolve the tablets.

Drink the medicine immediately after mixing.

Do not chew the tablet or swallow it whole. Doing so can be painful and dangerous.

Keep the medicine in its original container.

Take the medicine on an empty stomach.

Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after taking this medicine.

Sit or stand upright for 30 minutes after taking the medicine. Do not lie down.

After taking this medicine, wait 30 minutes before taking any other medicine.

Take the medicine first thing in the morning.

Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not keep in the bathroom.

Keep the medicine away from heat and light.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

This medicine contains sodium. If you are on a low sodium diet, consider this as part of your total sodium diet.

Visit your dentist regularly. Proper care of your teeth is very important while taking this medicine. Brush your teeth and floss regularly.

It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Do not drink beverages with alcohol while on this medicine.

Avoid smoking while on this medicine. Smoking may increase your risk for bone fractures.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • excess gas
  • nausea
  • stomach pain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • severe or persistent bone, joint or jaw pain
  • chest pain
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • discomfort or pain in the ear
  • swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
  • muscle aches, spasms or abnormal movements
  • muscle cramps
  • numbness of mouth or throat
  • feeling of numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
  • severe stomach or bowel pain
  • dark, tarry stool
  • difficulty swallowing

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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