20.07 Alendronate (Fosamax)

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Generic Name


Trade Name



Osteoporosis (aging, menopause, corticosteroid induced)


Inhibits osteoclast activity leading to inhibition of resorption of bone

Therapeutic Class

Bone resorption inhibitor

Pharmacologic Class


Nursing Considerations

• Take first thing in the morning with full glass of water 30 min prior to eating
• Assess serum calcium and vitamin D
• May lead to muscle pain

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