Didronel (etidronate)

Didronel is prescribed to help prevent bone loss and to increase normal healthy bone production in patients with Paget’s disease, patients who have had hip surgery, or patients with osteoporosis. It works by slowing the resorption of bone and allowing new bone to be formed.

Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine; if you are taking blood thinners; if you have stomach problems; if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to similar medications; if you have any other medical conditions like liver or kidney function impairment or heart problems.

Important Safety Information

If you want to take an antacid or a mineral supplement, make sure that there is an interval of at least 2 hours before or after taking Didronel. Do not take at the same time.

Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, or using other tobacco products while taking this medicine. Make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Consider weight-bearing exercises to increase the calcium density of bones.

Do not use Didronel if

  • you have low blood calcium levels or softening of the bones (osteomalacia);
  • you have esophagus problems, including difficulty swallowing or a narrow or blocked esophagus;
  • you are unable to stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes;
  • you have peptic ulcers.

Didronel Side Effects

Most severe: Black or tarry stools, broken bones, difficulty passing urine or less frequent passing of urine, increased bone pain, redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth, skin rash, itching (hives), stomach or lower back pain, swelling of the lips, arms, legs, face, tongue, or throat.

Most common: Diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, vomiting.

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Didronel, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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