Alendronic Acid 10 mg

Please note, before you can choose the low cost generic option, please ask your doctor to add the generic drug to your prescription.

Uses of Alendronic Acid

Alendronic Acid is used to treat osteoporosis (caused due to low bone mass, menopause or corticosteroid use) and Paget’s disease.

Therapeutic Category

Alendronic Acid: Bisphosphonates

How Alendronic Acid works

Alendronic Acid prevents bone loss and helps in building bone mass and density. It contains alendronic acid which acts by attaching itself to the bone surface and stops the actions of certain bone cells (osteoclasts) that destroys the bone mass. It also prevents abnormal bone growth and stabilizes the replacement of old bone tissues with newer ones. As a result, it improves bone mass, makes the bone stronger and prevents the risk of fracture.

Common side effects of Alendronic Acid

  • Gastric problems (ulceration of food pipe, difficulty and pain while swallowing, bloating, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain and reflux of acid from stomach)
  • Headache, dizziness
  • Vertigo (spinning sensation)
  • Hair loss
  • Swelling in the joints
  • Lack of energy or weakness
  • Itching
  • Presence of excess of fluid especially in legs (peripheral oedema)

When to consult your doctor

Consult your doctor if you experience:

  • Severe allergic reactions (such as skin rash, itching, swelling of the face, lips, eyes, tongue or throat causing wheezing or difficulty in breathing)
  • Signs of severe skin reactions called as toxic epidermal necrolysis or Stevens Johnson syndrome (such as formation of blisters or rashes on the skin, or other effects seen on eyes, mouth or genitals, skin which leads to itching and increased body temperature)
  • Difficulty or pain while swallowing and pain behind breastbone
  • New or worsened heartburn
  • Tooth problems (tooth pain, swelling or lossening)
  • Signs of fracture in thigh bone (such as pain, weakness or discomfort in the thigh, hip or groin)

Health Tips for Alendronic Acid

  • Take alendronic acid on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before your first food, drink, or other medication of the day. This helps ensure proper absorption of the drug. It is taken orally once a week or as directed by your healthcare provider
  • Drinking plenty of water can also help prevent potential side effects, such as dry mouth and increased thirst
  • Ensure that your diet includes enough calcium and vitamin D, as they are essential for maintaining bone health
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking, have taken, or might take any other medicine, including prescription, non-prescription or any herbal medicine
  • Alendronic acid is not recommended for use in pregnant or breast-feeding women