What is Alendronate-cholecalciferol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Fosamax plus D Fosavance

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Alendronate-cholecalciferol is a bisphosphonate derivative, vitamin D analog used for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal females; increase bone mass in males with osteoporosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoporosis 13 3
Osteopenia 6 1
General health 2 0
Bone loss 1 0
Parkinson's disease 1 1
Rheumatoid arthritis 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alendronate-cholecalciferol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Angina pain 1
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alendronate-cholecalciferol

Dosage Patients Percentage
70-2,800 var units daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Alendronate-cholecalciferol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 5
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 8 patients who've stopped taking Alendronate-cholecalciferol

Duration

Currently taking Alendronate-cholecalciferol

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Alendronate-cholecalciferol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 5
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Alendronate-cholecalciferol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Zoledronic acid (Zometa) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Alendronate-cholecalciferol

Jun 23, 2014 (Started Nov 09, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg-2800 intl units Weekly
Advice & Tips: Doing well

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Feb 1, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (swallowing difficulty (dysphagia), angina pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Consider a calcium rich diet and weight bearing exercise as an alternative to fosamax
Side effects: swallowing difficulty (dysphagia), angina pain

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