Alendronate (Fosamax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Fosamax?

alendronate

What is the Trade Name for alendronate?

Fosamax

What are the Indications of Alendronate (Fosamax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

osteoporosis (aging, menopause, corticosteroid induced)

What are the Actions of Alendronate (Fosamax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

inhibits osteoclast activity leading to inhibition of resorption of bone

What is the Therapeutic Class of Alendronate (Fosamax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

bone resorption inhibitor

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Alendronate (Fosamax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

bisphosphnates

What are the Nursing Considerations of Alendronate (Fosamax) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • take first thing in the morning with full glass of water 30 min prior to eating
  • assess serum calcium and vitamin D
  • may lead to muscle pain

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