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Drug Information

What is Alendronate + Cholecalciferol (Vit D3) combination used for?

Alendronate + Cholecalciferol (Vit D3) combination tablet is used for the treatment of osteoporosis.

Alendronate + Cholecalciferol (Vit D3) combination may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination work?

In Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination, Alendronate belongs to the class of drugs called bisphosphonates. The drug acts by inhibiting the activity of osteoclast, which is responsible for bone loss. Thus, it helps in improving the bone strength and reducing the risk of bone fractures.

Cholecalciferol is a nutritional supplement that acts by improving the absorption of calcium in the intestine by binding to the vitamin D receptors, thereby improving the calcium levels in the body and maintaining the bone strength.

How to take Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination tablet as prescribed by your doctor.

  • Swallow the tablet Do not crush or chew the tablet.

If you miss a dose of Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination, please take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination may include the following:

  • Painful heartburn
  • Pain in oesophagus
  • Muscle cramps
  • Mood changes

Please seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination?

Drugs that interact with Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination include the following:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin
  • Atenolol
  • Caffeine
  • Captopril
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Famotidine
  • Gentamicin
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Ibuprofen
  • Methyldopa
  • Naproxen
  • Valdecoxib

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination?

The following are the most common side effects of Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Ear pain
  • Severe bone pain
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of joints

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination?

  • Avoid taking the medicine if you are allergic to Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Do not stop taking the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Do not exceed the dose prescribed by the doctor.

You are advised not to take Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of kidney, liver or heart diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination

  1. Can Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination be taken after food?
  2. No. Taking Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination after food decreases the effect of the drug. So, it is advised to take Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination on an empty stomach.

  3. Is it safe to take Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination at bedtime?

No. It is advised not to take Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination at bedtime, as it increases the risk of oesophageal adverse effects.

  • Should I follow any special dietary instructions while taking Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination?

  • It is advised to take calcium-rich diet, such as broccoli, dark leafy vegetables, milk and other dairy products while taking Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination.

  • Can Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination be taken along with antacids?
  • No. It is advised not to take Alendronate + Cholecalciferol combination along with antacids, as antacids decrease the effectiveness of the drug.

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