Two new dosage strengths have recently been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a once-weekly tablet 70 mg for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis and 35 mg for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.These new dosages are to further help those fighting against Fosamax Femur Fractures .
Fosamax is currently the only oral medication that is FDA approved for treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis in a once-weekly dosing regimen."For the millions of postmenopausal women who currently have osteoporosis or are at risk for the disease, the FDA's decision to approve Fosamax in a once-weekly dose marks an important development in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis," said Thomas J. Schnitzer, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director, Office of Clinical Research and Training, Northwestern University.Dr. Schnitzer also states "Patients and their health care professionals now have the opportunity to choose between once-daily and once-weekly Fosamax, and the once-weekly regimen may be more convenient for some patients."
Fosamax continues to be available in once-daily dosages for the treatment (10 mg) and prevention (5 mg) of postmenopausal osteoporosis in addition to the new once-weekly dosages in the 70 mg and 35 mg strengths.
A higher dose of Fosamax is required when treating Paget's disease which is 40 mg once daily for six months.It may be necessary for your doctor to recommend re-treatment with Fosamax after monitoring your progress for six months after stopping the drug.Also patients should be advised that they should also be taking the sufficient amount of vitamin D and calcium since Fosamax cannot help build bones without them.
The tablets should be swallowed with a full glass of water while sitting or standing upright.You must not lie down until you have waited at least 30 minutes after the dose and after you have eaten something.The tablets should not be chewed, broken, or sucked on.This is just a precaution to prevent Fosamax from irritating the esophagus.
Fosamax users have better help now to combat the bone loss they are experiencing with the newly FDA approved dosages of Fosamax.If any of these new dosages of Fosamax causes complications then a doctor should be contacted as soon as possible.