Binosto

Drug List

Binosto

Drug Name

Binosto (Alendronate sodium)

Manufactured By

Mission Pharmacal Company

Drug Savings


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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Alendronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for a long time. This medication works by slowing bone loss. This effect helps maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures). Alendronate belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking alendronate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This medication is taken once per week. Choose the day of the week that best fits your schedule and take it on that day each week. Take this medication by mouth, after getting up for the day and before taking your first food, beverage, or other medication. Do not swallow, chew, or suck on the tablet since this may cause mouth/throat irritation or ulcers. You must dissolve the tablet before you take it. Place the tablet in 4 ounces/120 milliliters plain water (not mineral water or flavored water) at room temperature. After bubbling from the tablet stops, wait at least 5 minutes until it is completely dissolved. Then stir the liquid for about 10 seconds and drink all of it. Stay fully upright (sitting, standing, or walking) for at least 30 minutes and do not lie down until after your first food of the day. Alendronate works best if taken on an empty stomach. Calcium or iron supplements, vitamins, antacids, coffee, tea, soda, mineral water, calcium-enriched juices, and food can decrease the absorption of alendronate. Wait at least 30 minutes (preferably 1 to 2 hours) after taking the medication before you eat or drink anything except plain water. Do not take this medication at bedtime or before rising for the day. It may not be absorbed and you may have serious side effects. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it on the same day each week. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of long-term use of this medication.

Side Effects

Stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, or nausea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: jaw pain, swelling of joints/hands/ankles/feet, increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain, symptoms of thigh bone fracture (such as new or unusual hip/thigh/groin pain), symptoms of low calcium levels in the blood (such as muscle spasm/cramps, tingling/numbness in your fingers, toes, or around your mouth), black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. This medication may rarely cause serious irritation and ulcers of the esophagus. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking alendronate and talk to your doctor or pharmacist right away: new or worsening heartburn, chest pain, pain or difficulty when swallowing. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

In Case of Overdose

Symptoms of overdose may include: severe stomach pain, painful heartburn, pain in the esophagus (chest pain), muscle weakness/cramps, mental/mood changes. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it the next morning after you remember. Then resume your weekly dosing schedule on your usual day of the week. Do not take two doses on the same day.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.