FAQs ABOUT BIFOSA 35MG
Who should not take BIFOSA 35MG?
BIFOSA 35MG should not be used in patients who are not able to swallow or having any problems in food pipe that hinders swallowing (such as narrowing of the gullet). It should also not be used in patients who can sit or stand constantly for 30 minutes. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant must not take BIFOSA 35MG without consulting their doctor.
What is the use of BIFOSA 35MG?
BIFOSA 35MG is used to treat bone problems such as osteoporosis caused due to aging, menopause, or excessive corticosteroid use. It can also be used to treat Paget’s disease.
Why is BIFOSA 35MG taken once a week?
It is because, BIFOSA 35MG contains a medicine called alendronic acid which acts by blocking the actions of bone killing cells (osteoclasts). Since the process of replacing the older bone cells with newer ones takes around 2-3 weeks for completion, taking BIFOSA 35MG once a week would make it stay on the affected bones sites for a sustained period and effectively stop bone destruction.
What are the side effects of BIFOSA 35MG?
The most common side effects of BIFOSA 35MG are headache, dizziness, stomach pain, bloating, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, or acid reflux. Consult your doctor if any of the side effect troubles you. You should also inform your doctor immediately if you experience any oral problems such as tooth pain or swelling or lossening after taking BIFOSA 35MG.
Why am I instructed to stand upright for a few minutes after taking BIFOSA 35MG?
You need to stand upright for a few minutes after taking BIFOSA 35MG so that the medicine does not come back up again from your food pipe and does not harm you.
How to take BIFOSA 35MG?
Take BIFOSA 35MG as advised by your physician. Swallow the medicine with a glass full of plain water. Take BIFOSA 35MG on an empty stomach and at least 30 minutes before taking any food, drink, or medicines. Stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking the medicine. Your doctor will decide the suitable dose and duration of therapy for you depending upon your age, body weight and health condition.
Can elderly patients take BIFOSA 35MG?
Yes, elderly patients can take BIFOSA 35MG after consulting their doctor.
Can BIFOSA 35MG cause hair loss?
Yes. BIFOSA 35MG may cause hair loss in some individuals, although not everybody gets them. Regularly wash your hair and moisturize it. Avoid using harsh chemicals on your hair as it can aggravate your hair fall. Consult your doctor if the symptom bothers you.
Can BIFOSA 35MG cure osteoporosis?
Yes. BIFOSA 35MG helps in preventing osteoporosis and helps in gaining back the lost bone mass. However, consult your doctor before taking.
Can BIFOSA 35MG be taken daily?
Take BIFOSA 35MG as advised by your physician. Your doctor will instruct you on how many days you may need to take this medicine. Strictly follow the instructions given by your doctor.
What precautions do I need to follow while taking BIFOSA 35MG?
Take BIFOSA 35MG on an empty stomach or at least have a time gap of 30 minutes between your first meal and the medicine. Do not take BIFOSA 35MG before going to bed or just after getting up in the morning. Sit or stand or walk straight for at least 30 minutes after taking BIFOSA 35MG. Do not lie down. Do not take BIFOSA 35MG if you are taking any painkiller such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Before taking BIFOSA 35MG inform your doctor if you have in trouble in swallowing.
Will taking a higher dose of BIFOSA 35MG be more effective?
No. Taking a higher dose of BIFOSA 35MG will not be effective. Stick to the dosage that your doctor has prescribed to you. If the prescribed dose is not effective for you, consult your doctor for advice. Your doctor will increase the dose or suggest an alternative therapy depending upon your health condition.
How BIFOSA 35MG works?
BIFOSA 35MG works by binding itself to the bone surface and by stopping the action of bone eating cells. This helps in preventing bone loss and risk of fracture. It also improves bone mass and makes your bones stronger.
Can BIFOSA 35MG cause dental problems?
Yes. BIFOSA 35MG may cause dental problems such as jaw inflammation or pain and loosening of tooth. Therefore, consult your doctor immediately if you experience any such symptoms.
Can I stop taking BIFOSA 35MG once my symptoms subside?
No. Do not stop taking BIFOSA 35MG without consulting your doctor once your symptoms subside, as it may reverse the healed condition. Continue to take BIFOSA 35MG as long as instructed by your doctor.
Can BIFOSA 35MG cause weight gain?
It is unlikely that BIFOSA 35MG would cause increase in weight in patients. However, it may cause peripheral edema (accumulation of fluid in the body) in some patients which may make them feel that they have gained a lot of weight.