Fosamax and Alcohol Interaction

Fosamax and Alcohol

Fosamax generic name alendronate belongs to family of drugs known as bisphosphonates and functions by altering the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. It allows for slower bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fracture.

It is used in men and women to treat or prevent osteoporosis that may be caused by menopause or by taking steroids and is also used to increase bone mass in men and to treat Paget’s disease in both men and women.

Do not take Fosamax if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes.

It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while taking Fosamax as the known side effects may greatly increase.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before taking Fosamax advise your physician if you are allergic to alendronate, have low levels of blood calcium or problems with muscles in your esophagus, trouble swallowing, vitamin D deficiency, dental problem, kidney disease or have an ulcer or other problem in your stomach or esophagus.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild heartburn, bloating, mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, constipation, mild joint pain or swelling, swelling in the hands and feet, dizziness, eye pain or headache. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are chest pain, pain or difficult swallowing, pain or burning under the ribs or in the back, severe heartburn, burning pain in your upper stomach, coughing up blood, bad heartburn, fever, body aches, flu symptoms, severe joint, bone or muscle pain, pain in your thigh or hip, jaw pain, numbness or swelling. If these occur call get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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