Fosamax vs. Fortical

Are Fosamax and Fortical the Same Thing?

Fosamax (alendronate sodium) and Fortical (calcitonin-salmon rDNA origin) Nasal Spray are used to both treat and prevent osteoporosis.

Fosamax is also used to treat Paget's disease.

Fosamax is a bisphosphonate and Fortical Nasal Spray is a form of a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland.

Fosamax is taken orally and Fortical is administered in a nasal spray.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Fosamax?

Common side effects of Fosamax include:

Serious side effects of Fosamax include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Fortical?

Common side effects of Fortical include:

  •  runny or stuffy nose
  • nosebleeds
  • nasal irritation or discomfort
  • dry nose with crusting/scabs/sores
  • nasal itching or tenderness
  • redness in or around the nose
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin) of the face, or
  • back pain

What Is Fosamax?

Fosamax (alendronate sodium) is a bisphosphonate that is a specific inhibitor of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption used to both treat and prevent osteoporosis, and to treat Paget's disease.

What Is Fortical?

Fortical (calcitonin-salmon rDNA origin) Nasal Spray is a manmade form of a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland used to treat brittle bone disease (osteoporosis) in women who are at least 5 years past menopause.

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What Drugs Interact With Fosamax?

Fosamax may interact with aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

What Drugs Interact With Fortical?

Fortical may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Fosamax Be Taken?

Fosamax is available in a tablet or oral liquid form. Each bottle of the oral solution contains 91.35 mg of alendronate monosodium salt trihydrate, which is the molar equivalent to 70 mg of the drug. The recommended initial dosage is one 70 mg molar equivalent tablet or oral liquid bottle once weekly or one 10 mg molar equivalent tablet per day. Fosamax must be taken at least one-half hour before the first food, beverage, or medication of the day with plain water only to avoid any reduction in gastrointestinal adsorption.

How Should Fortical Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Fortical Nasal Spray in postmenopausal osteoporotic patients is 1 spray (200 International Units) per day administered intranasally, alternating nostrils daily.

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References

FDA. Fosamax Product Information.
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM241519.pdf
FDA. Fortical Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2014/021406s017s022lbl.pdf

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