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Alendronate

Most Commonly Used
Alendronate 70mg Tab
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Alendronate 70mg Tab
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Pill Identification: 638 
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Alendronate 10mg Tab
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Alendronate 35mg Tab
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Alendronate 35mg Tab
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Common Side Effects of Alendronate
Alendronate can sometimes cause jaw bone problems, particularly if you undergo dental treatments or dental surgery while you are taking alendronate. Always tell your dentist that you are taking alendronate. Consider getting dental work done before you start alendronate treatment.

In addition to the considerations listed above, you may experience other side effects from alendronate, such as:
  • Stomach symptoms, including nausea, pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, or bloating
  • Headaches, dizziness, or swelling of your joints or extremities
  • Eye pain
Some patients also notice that they can't taste food as well as they used to. Also, some people experience dental problems, such as gum infection and difficulty healing after teeth are pulled. You should call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following side effects while taking alendronate:
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing and have new or worsening heartburn
  • Bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Black tarry or bloody stools
  • Severe joint, bone, or muscle pain
  • A rash, blisters, peeling skin, or hives
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing or hoarseness
If you develop new or severe pain in the hip or thigh, call your doctor as this may be a sign that you have experienced fracture in the thigh bone.
Always tell your doctor if you have any allergies or medical conditions before you start taking alendronate. Your doctor should know if you are unable to sit or stand for 30 minutes. It's also important to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Alendronate can stay in your body for years, so also tell your doctor if you're planning to get pregnant, even if it's not for a few years.

Give your doctor a complete list of the medicines you are taking before starting on alendronate. Don't forget to mention vitamins, over-the-counter treatments, or herbal supplements. If your doctor tells you that a medicine or supplement is safe to take, be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after you take your alendronate dose to take the other medicine or supplement.

Always take alendronate exactly as your doctor tells you to. If you don't, alendronate may not work properly, create sores in your mouth, or damage your esophagus. For example, only drink water to swallow your alendronate tablets. It is very important not to eat anything or lie down for 30 minutes after you have taken your alendronate.

Alendronate can sometimes cause jaw bone problems, particularly if you undergo dental treatments or dental surgery while you are taking alendronate. Always tell your dentist that you are taking alendronate. Consider getting dental work done before you start alendronate treatment.

In addition to the considerations listed above, you may experience other side effects from alendronate, such as:
  • Stomach symptoms, including nausea, pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, or bloating
  • Headaches, dizziness, or swelling of your joints or extremities
  • Eye pain
Some patients also notice that they can't taste food as well as they used to. Also, some people experience dental problems, such as gum infection and difficulty healing after teeth are pulled. You should call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following side effects while taking alendronate:
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing and have new or worsening heartburn
  • Bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Black tarry or bloody stools
  • Severe joint, bone, or muscle pain
  • A rash, blisters, peeling skin, or hives
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing or hoarseness
If you develop new or severe pain in the hip or thigh, call your doctor as this may be a sign that you have experienced fracture in the thigh bone.