Alendronate (Fosamax®)

Common name: Alendronate
Brand name: Fosamax®

What is Alendronate?

Alendronate belongs to the bisphosphonate class of drugs that is used to treat osteoporosis (bone thinning). It works by increasing bone density to reduce breakage.

How is Alendronate administered?

Alendronate is administered orally as a tablet.

What are possible side effects of this treatment?

Everyone responds differently to treatments for bone metastases – some experience many side effects while others experience very few. Below are some side effects experienced by those who received alendronate. Tell your health care team about side-effects you are experiencing so they know how best to help you manage them.
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Pain in bones / joints

Is alendronate covered in my province or territory?*

Alendronate is covered by all provincial/territorial drug programs.


Last Reviewed: July 2017

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