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Fosamax Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is alendronate (Fosamax)?
- What are the possible side effects of alendronate (Fosamax)?
- What is the most important information I should know about alendronate (Fosamax)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking alendronate (Fosamax)?
- How should I take alendronate (Fosamax)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Fosamax)?
- What happens if I overdose (Fosamax)?
- What should I avoid while taking alendronate (Fosamax)?
- What other drugs will affect alendronate (Fosamax)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Fosamax)?
If you take alendronate once daily: If you forget to take this medicine first thing in the morning, do not take it later in the day. Wait until the following morning to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take two (2) tablets in one day.
If you take alendronate once a week: If you forget to take alendronate on your scheduled day, take it first thing in the morning on the day after you remember the missed dose. Then return to your regular weekly schedule on your chosen dose day. Do not take two (2) tablets in one day.
What happens if I overdose (Fosamax)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Drink a full glass of milk and call your local poison control center or emergency room right away. Do not make yourself vomit and do not lie down.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, muscle cramps, numbness or tingling, tight muscles in your face, seizure (convulsions), irritability, and unusual thoughts or behavior.
What should I avoid while taking alendronate (Fosamax)?
Avoid taking any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids for at least 30 minutes after taking alendronate. Some medicines can make it harder for your body to absorb alendronate.
Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after you take an alendronate tablet.
What other drugs will affect alendronate (Fosamax)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as:
- celecoxib (Celebrex);
- diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze);
- diflunisal (Dolobid);
- ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil);
- indomethacin (Indocin);
- ketoprofen (Orudis)
- ketorolac (Toradol);
- meloxicam (Mobic);
- naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet); or
- piroxicam (Feldene).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with alendronate. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about alendronate.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Fosamax Information
- Fosamax Drug Interactions Center: alendronate oral
- Fosamax Side Effects Center
- Fosamax Overview including Precautions
- Fosamax FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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