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ETIDRONATE (e ti DROE nate) reduces calcium loss from bone. It helps make healthy bone and slows bone loss in people with Paget's disease. It may also be used in people with heterotropic ossification or high blood calcium.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
esophagus, stomach, or intestine problems, like acid reflux or GERD
an unusual or allergic reaction to etidronate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Avoid food, milk products, vitamins with mineral supplements, and antacids with calcium, iron, magnesium, or aluminum within 2 hours of taking this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can if you have not already eaten. If you have already eaten, call your doctor of health care professional for advice. Do not take double or extra doses.
drugs for inflammation like ibuprofen, naproxen, and others
vitamins with minerals
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. It may be some time before you see benefit from this medicine. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor or health care professional may order blood tests or other tests to check how you are doing.
You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine, unless your doctor tells you not to. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
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.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue
black or tarry stools
difficulty passing urine
heartburn or stomach pain
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
worsening of asthma symptoms
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
bone, joint or muscle pain
confusion, depression or trouble with memory
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
ETIDRONATE (e ti DROE nate) reduces calcium loss from bone. This drug helps make healthy bone and slows bone loss in people with Paget's disease. It may also be used in others with heterotropic ossification or high blood calcium.
NOTE: This drug is discontinued in the United States.
This medicine is given by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
This does not apply.
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 you get enough calcium and vitamin D, unless your doctor tells you not to. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue
gut or lower back pain
increased bone pain
changes in taste, metallic taste or decreased taste perception
diarrhea or constipation
joint or muscle pain
Once diluted, use injection solution within 48 hours and store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused injection solution.
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