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20.07 Alendronate (Fosamax)

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Generic Name

Alendronate

Trade Name

Fosamax

Indication

Osteoporosis (aging, menopause, corticosteroid induced)

Action

Inhibits osteoclast activity leading to inhibition of resorption of bone

Therapeutic Class

Bone resorption inhibitor

Pharmacologic Class

Bisphosphonates

Nursing Considerations

• Take first thing in the morning with full glass of water 30 min prior to eating
• Assess serum calcium and vitamin D
• May lead to muscle pain

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