Alendronate Disease Interactions
There are 3 disease interactions with alendronate:
The use of bisphosphonates is contraindicated for the treatment of osteoporosis in patients with hypocalcemia. These agents increase bone mineral density, a process that requires an adequate supply of calcium in the body. Following the initiation of therapy, a short-term reduction in serum calcium and phosphate levels usually occurs due to inhibition of bone resorption, especially in patients with Paget's disease, in whom the pretreatment rate of bone turnover may be greatly elevated. Hypocalcemia and other disturbances of mineral metabolism, such as vitamin D deficiency, should be treated prior to initiation of therapy. Appropriate intake of calcium and vitamin D should be ensured throughout the course of treatment.
Bisphosphonates may cause local irritation of the upper gastrointestinal mucosa. Esophagitis and esophageal ulcers and erosions, occasionally with bleeding, as well as gastric and duodenal ulcers, have been reported, primarily with alendronate. Because of their structural similarities, therapy with all bisphosphonates should be administered cautiously in patients with active upper gastrointestinal disorders. The usual precautions should be followed closely to minimize the risk of irritation (i.e. taking the medication with a full glass of water after arising for the day and remaining upright for at least 30 minutes afterwards and until the first food intake of the day). Therapy should be discontinued if dysphagia, odynophagia or retrosternal pain occurs. The manufacturer of alendronate considers its use to be contraindicated in patients with abnormalities of the esophagus that may delay esophageal emptying, such as stricture or achalasia.
Alendronate is primarily eliminated by the kidney. In healthy controls, drug that is not deposited in bone is rapidly excreted in the urine. Although clinical information is not available, animal studies suggest reduced drug clearance in renal failure. Alendronate is not recommended for use in patients with creatinine clearance less than 35 mL/min due to a lack of clinical experience in this setting. No dosage adjustment is necessary in patients with mild to moderate renal impairment (CrCl >= 35 mL/min).
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Drug Interaction Classification
The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
|Major||Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderate||Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minor||Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
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