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Generic: alendronate-cholecalciferol
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It has two medicines to help reduce calcium loss from bones and to increase the production of normal, healthy bone in patients with osteoporosis.

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What may interact with this medicine?

  • antacids
  • aspirin and aspirin like drugs
  • calcium supplements, especially calcium with vitamin D
  • cholestyramine or colestipol
  • cimetidine, ranitidine, or other medicines used to decrease stomach acid
  • corticosteroids
  • iron supplements
  • magnesium supplements
  • mineral oil
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • orlistat
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • phosphorous supplements
  • primidone
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
  • thiazide diuretics
  • vitamins with minerals, especially with vitamin D

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checkups. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medicine. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may order blood tests or other tests to see how you are doing.

You should make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.

If you have pain when swallowing, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, or stomach pain, immediately call your doctor or health care professional.

If you are taking an antacid, a mineral supplement like calcium or iron, or a vitamin with minerals, wait to take them at least 30 minutes after you take this medicine. Do not take them at same time.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. If you get a rash while taking this medicine, sunlight may cause the rash to get worse. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/ booths.

Some people who take this medicine have severe bone, joint, and/ or muscle pain. This medicine may also increase your risk for a broken thigh bone. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain in your upper leg or groin. Tell your doctor if you have any pain that does not go away or that gets worse.

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