What is this medicine?
ETIDRONATE (e ti DROE nate) reduces calcium loss from bone. It helps make healthy bone and slows bone loss in people with Paget's disease. It may also be used in people with heterotropic ossification or high blood calcium.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Avoid food, milk products, vitamins with mineral supplements, and antacids with calcium, iron, magnesium, or aluminum within 2 hours of taking this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue
black or tarry stools
difficulty passing urine
heartburn or stomach pain
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
worsening of asthma symptoms
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
bone, joint or muscle pain
confusion, depression or trouble with memory
What may interact with this medicine?
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can if you have not already eaten. If you have already eaten, call your doctor of health care professional for advice. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
esophagus, stomach, or intestine problems, like acid reflux or GERD
an unusual or allergic reaction to etidronate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. It may be some time before you see benefit from this medicine. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor or health care professional may order blood tests or other tests to check how you are doing.
You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine, unless your doctor tells you not to. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Some people who take this medicine have severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain. Tell your doctor if you have pain that does not go away or that gets worse.