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Fosamax Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Fosamax is used for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, in postmenopausal women. It is also used to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis, and is prescribed for both men and women who have developed a form of osteoporosis sometimes that may be caused by steroid medications such as prednisone.

Fosamax Dosage

  • For the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, the usual starting dose of Fosamax is one 10-milligram tablet once a day.

Uses of Fosamax

  • Fosamax is used for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
  • This drug may also be used to treats Paget's disease of bone, a painful condition that weakens and deforms the bones.

Side Effects of Fosamax

Before taken Fosamax medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Fosamax. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Fosamax:

  • You should tell your doctor if you have trouble swallowing or have any digestive problems, such as heartburn or ulcers.
  • If you are taking Fosamax, then it may cause problems in your esophagus such as inflammation, ulcers, bleeding, and in rare cases, blockage or perforation. So you should be used this medicine with extra caution.
  • Fosamax may cause bone, joint, and/or muscle pain. If you develop these symptoms, then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Fosamax with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Fosamax with other drugs. Calcium supplements such as Caltrate, antacids such as Riopan, and some other oral medications will interfere with the absorption of Fosamax, so wait at least 30 minutes after taking Fosamax before you take anything else.


After taken Fosamax if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Fosamax overdose include:

  • Heartburn
  • Inflammation of the esophagus
  • Ulcer

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