Fosamax is a brand name for alendronate, a group of bisphosphonates used to help in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Fosamax, being a bisphosphonates, works by preventing the breakage of bones while increasing bone density. It is doctor-prescribed, and should be taken as directed by the doctor to lower the chances of developing side effects or complications.
There are certain procedures or instructions that should be followed when taking Fosamax. First, Fosamax should be taken as directed by your doctor; your doctor can prescribed Fosamax to be taken either daily or once a week, thus it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. If the instructions are to take it once a week, make sure to take it on the same days of the week, and it should always be taken first thing in the morning.
Because Fosamax can interact with foods and other medications and alter its effectiveness, doctors usually advise patients to take it after they have woken up, and to keep upright (whether walking, standing or sitting up) for at least 30 minutes to avoid damaging the stomach or esophagus. Fosamax can be a strong medication that can cause ulcers or irritation in these areas.
Patients should swallow the pill whole, with full glass of plain water: it should never be sucked, crushed, or chewed. After your Fosamax intake, be sure to not eat or drink anything (although plain water is permitted) and wait at least 30 minutes or preferably 1-2 hours to eat foods or drink any other medications. In order to ensure that Fosamax is completely absorbed by the body and avoid dangerous drug interactions, try taking other medications on other times of the day, or talk with your doctor about doses.
Most doctors advise their patient to stop taking Fosamax after 5 years, as continuing bisphosphonate intake can have adverse effects on the health, especially if they are prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Because of the many complications connected with Fosamax and other bisphosphonates, it is highly urged to have a yearly check-up of bone density to make sure that they are in good shape and far from any other dangers.