OSTEOFOS 70

234.91

4 tablets in 1 strip
Prescription Required
MANUFACTURER
Cipla Ltd
SALT COMPOSITION
Alendronic Acid (70mg)
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Description

Overview

INTRODUCTION

Osteofos 70 Tablet is used to treat or prevent weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) caused by menopause or use of steroids. Using this medicine can reduce your risk of breaking bones.

Osteofos 70 Tablet is best taken without food. You should take it regularly at evenly spaced intervals as per the schedule prescribed by your doctor. Taking it at the same time every day will help you to remember to take it. Do not stop taking it until you have finished, even when you feel better. It may take several days to get the full benefit of this drug. Osteofos 70 Tablet is only part of a programme of treatment that may also include changes to your diet and taking calcium and vitamin supplements.

The most common side effects include headache, musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, indigestion, heartburn and diarrhea. These are usually mild and will disappear after a short time. If they do not go away, tell your doctor. Osteofos 70 Tablet can cause serious kidney problems, especially if you are dehydrated, if you take diuretic medicine (water pills), or if you already have kidney disease. It can also cause low levels of calcium in the blood and pain in the mouth or jaw. These are serious side effects and need urgent medical attention. Tell your doctor straight away.

You should not be given this medicine if you are breastfeeding. Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems or low calcium levels. Also let your doctor know what other drugs you are taking. Some of them may affect or be affected by, this medicine, especially medicines used to treat severe infections and osteoporosis. You may need frequent medical tests to check your kidney function and mineral levels. Avoid smoking or try to quit as smoking can reduce your bone mineral density, making fractures more likely. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can also cause bone loss and should be avoided.

USES OF OSTEOFOS TABLET

  • Osteoporosis

SIDE EFFECTS OF OSTEOFOS TABLET

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Osteofos

  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain

HOW TO COPE WITH SIDE EFFECTS?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Diarrhea
    Keep up your intake of fluids and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to avoid getting dehydrated. Eat less fiber (avoid raw fruits, fruit juice and vegetables). Talk to your doctor about possible medication to manage diarrhea. Ask about reducing the dosage of your drug or other suitable treatments.
  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Heartburn
    Avoid foods that irritate the stomach such as alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, citrus, coffee, fatty foods or tomatoes. Eat or drink slowly. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. The reason being, large meals fill the stomach and put pressure, causing reflux. Quit smoking if you smoke, lose weight if you are overweight and avoid tight waistbands. Ask your doctor about medicines to treat this condition such as antacids. Do not lie down immediately after eating and wait for at least three hours before lying down after a meal. Raise the head of your bed. Talk to your doctor if your condition does not improve, they may be able to reduce the dosage or switch you to another medicine.
  • Coping with Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain
    Tell your doctor straight away because sometimes the muscle pain may be a sign of something more serious. A lower dosage or a different medication might be needed. Try to relax the cramping muscle by stretching it and holding the stretch. You might massage the muscle or apply a heat pad to the area after stretching. Avoid exercising too much. Stay well-hydrated. Do not take over-the-counter pain relievers unless the doctor prescribes it. Your doctor may also suggest taking supplements, such as calcium, magnesium oxide or potassium oxide depending on your needs.

HOW TO USE OSTEOFOS TABLET

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Osteofos 70 Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.

HOW OSTEOFOS TABLET WORKS

Osteofos 70 Tablet is a bisphosphonate. It works by suppressing the activity of osteoclasts, cells that cause destruction of bone. This strengthens the bones and minimizes the risk of fractures.

SAFETY ADVICE

warnings

Alcohol

SAFE
Consuming alcohol with Osteofos 70 Tablet does not cause any harmful side effects.
warnings

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Osteofos 70 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
warnings

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Osteofos 70 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
If you are taking Osteofos 70 Tablet during breastfeeding, monitor baby’s blood calcium levels during the first two months.
warnings

Driving

UNSAFE
Osteofos 70 Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Osteofos 70 Tablet is not expected to have any effects but in rare cases, it may cause dizziness, severe muscle, joint and bone pain and eye pain or inflammation. This may affect your ability to drive.
warnings

Kidney

CAUTION
Osteofos 70 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Osteofos 70 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Dose adjustment is not recommended in patients with mild to moderate kidney disease.
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Liver

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Osteofos 70 Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Osteofos 70 Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE OSTEOFOS TABLET?

If you miss a dose of Osteofos 70 Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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