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An effective drug, Fosamax is used for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis and steroid-induced osteoporosis.

Drug Uses

Fosamax treats postmenopausal osteoporosis and steroid-induced osteoporosis.

The drug is also used to treat Pagets disease.

How Taken

Fosamax drug should be taken as per the doctor’s direction. It is advised not to take larger doses of the medicine and not to take the drug for longer periods, unless advised by the doctor.

The normal dosage is either one tablet each day or once each week. The drug should be taken in the morning, at least half and hour before eating or drinking or taking any other medicine. The tablet should only be swallowed whole and not crushed, broken or chewed as it has to enter the body slowly. If Fosamax tablet is taken once a week, the drug has to be taken on the same day each week.

Once you have taken the drug, you should not lie down or recline for the next half hour.

Missed Dose

If Fosamax tablets are taken once a day and if a dose is missed, the drug should not be taken later in the day. Skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosage from the next morning.

If you are prescribed Fosamax once a week and if you forget to take the drug on the prescribed day, you can take the drug the next day early in the morning. After this you can continue with your regular dosage.

If you feel you have taken an overdose of Fosamax, drink a glass of water and seek immediate medical help. Nausea, stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, numbness, muscle cramps, seizure and unusual thoughts or behavior are some o the symptoms of Fosamax.

More Information

Before the doctor prescribes Fosamx tablet, you have to discuss with him about all your health history. Inform the physician if you have any problems of the heart, kidney, liver or have hypocalcemia (low blood calcium), vitamin D deficiency and ulcer in stomach. If you are having any of these problems, your doctor may not prescribe the drug or may go for dosage adjustment.


Some drugs are known to interact with Fosamax and so it is better to tell your doctor about all the medications that you are taking. Drugs containing calcium, vitamins or antacids should only be taken at least half an hour after taking Fosamax.

The drug is rated FDA pregnancy category C, which means that it can cause harm to the unborn and the new born babe. Pregnant women and breast feeding women should avoid the drug.

Side effects

As like all drugs, Fosamax also comes with many side effects. When taking Foasamx, some persons can come across allergic reactions like hives, swelling (face, lips, tongue, throat) and difficult breathing.

Chest pain; pain under the ribs, joints, muscles; pain when swallowing; pain in the back; heartburn and swelling are some of the serious side effects that are seen with Fosamx.

If this happens, Fosamax should be stopped and the doctor should be consulted immediately.