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Binosto (Alendronate Sodium)


Binosto (Alendronate Sodium)

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    Your doctor may prescribe Binosto to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women or increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis.

    Binosto works in cells of the bone called osteoclasts. Under normal conditions, osteoclasts are always breaking down bone, and osteoblasts rebuild bone. In adults with osteoporosis, Binosto attaches to osteoclasts and prevents them from breaking down bone. Binosto incorporated into the matrix of the bone, causing an increase in bone mass over time.


    Binosto is available in 70 mg effervescent tablets. Dissolve one Binosto 70 mg tablet in 4 oz of room temperature water and drink it once weekly. Wait five minutes for the tablets to dissolve, and then stir the solution for 10 seconds and consume the content.


    The active ingredient in Binosto is alendronate sodium.


    Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), herbals, and supplements.

    Common drug-drug interactions with Binosto may include:

    • Aminoglycosides
    • Aspirin
    • Ibuprofen
    • Naproxen
    • Parathyroid hormone
    • Proton pump inhibitors


    Tell your doctor if you have any abnormalities of the esophagus or cannot stand or sit upright for 30 minutes after taking this medication.

    Use caution if you have a history of low calcium in the blood.

    Do not use Binosto if you have a dietary sodium restriction.

    Do not eat for 30 minutes after taking Binosto.

    Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Binosto.

    Side Effects

    Common side effects of Binosto may include:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Acid regurgitation
    • Atypical femur fractures
    • Constipation
    • Decreased serum phosphate
    • Diarrhea
    • Dyspepsia
    • Headache
    • Hypocalcemia
    • Musculoskeletal pain
    • Nausea
    • Osteonecrosis of the jaw


    Binosto [package insert]. San Antonio, TX: Mission Pharmacal; 1995.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13281

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