What is Alendronate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Alendronate is a bisphosphonate that is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis due to menopause, low bone mineral density or induced by glucocorticoid therapy; for Paget's disease of the bone in patients who are symptomatic, at risk for future complications or with elevated alkaline phosphatase.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoporosis 192 123
Osteopenia 78 54
General health 25 16
Treat side effects of another treatment 6 3
Doctor recommendation 3 1
Arthritis pain 2 0

Show all 25 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 23
Moderate 13
Mild 12
None 138

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alendronate

Side effect Patients
Nausea 6
Bone pain 4
Diarrhea 3
Heartburn 3
Pain in lower back 3
Constipation 2

Show all 40 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Alendronate

Dosage Patients
70 mg weekly 35
70 mg/75 mL weekly 9
35 mg weekly 4
10 mg weekly 3
10 mg daily 3
40 mg weekly 1
70 mg daily 1
4,900 mg weekly 1
60 mg every 6 months 1

Why patients stopped taking Alendronate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 53
Side effects too severe 40
Other 23
Personal research 18
Did not seem to work 12
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 3
See all 124 patients who've stopped taking Alendronate

Duration

Currently taking Alendronate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Alendronate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 132
Usually 29
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 104
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 7
$25-49 6
< $25 101
Not specified 69

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Alendronate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Risedronate (Actonel) 2
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1
Paracetamol-dihydrocodeine (Co-Dydramol) 1
Prednisolone (Panafcortelone) 1

Patients stopped taking Alendronate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Risedronate (Actonel) 5
Denosumab (Prolia) 1
Pamidronate (Aredia) 1
Zoledronic acid (Zometa) 1
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14 patient evaluations for Alendronate

May 15, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 31, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2014 (Started Oct 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for osteopenia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 4, 2012 (Started Jan 30, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for osteopenia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 70 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Make sure to have your Dr reevaluate with a DexaScan after a year or two.

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