I am in need of having a tooth pulled. The Dentist said I would have to go off of Alendronate before having the tooth extracted and wait until the medication was out of my system. How long do I need to be off of Aldendronate before I can have the tooth extracted? Also, is there some sort of test to determine if it is entirely out of one's system?
Well realistically it's in your system for a very long time.
(The terminal half-life in humans is estimated to exceed 10 years, probably reflecting release of Alendronate from the skeleton. Based on the above, it is estimated that after 10 years of oral treatment with Alendronate sodium (10 mg daily) the amount of Alendronate released daily from the skeleton is approximately 25% of that absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.)
Your doctor needs to decide when it is safest for you to have the tooth extracted.
- Alendronate Information for Consumers
- Alendronate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Alendronate (detailed)
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