Medically reviewed on June 7, 2018
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Therapeutic Class: Calcium Regulator
Chemical Class: Bisphosphonate
Uses For This Medicine
Tiludronate is used to treat Paget's disease of the bone. Tiludronate is a bisphosphonate that helps make the bones stronger.
Tiludronate is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For tiludronate, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to tiludronate or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of tiludronate in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of tiludronate in the elderly.
|All Trimesters||C||Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.|
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of tiludronate. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Anemia or
- Blood clotting problems or
- Cancer or use of cancer medicines or
- Dental or tooth problems or
- Infection or
- Poor oral hygiene—Use with caution. May increase risk for a serious side effect with the jaw.
- Barrett's esophagus or
- Bone or joint pain or
- Esophagus problems (e.g., difficulty with swallowing or inflammation) or
- Muscle pain, severe or
- Stomach or bowel problems (e.g., gastritis, heartburn or ulcers)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
- Kidney disease—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.
Proper Use of This Medicine
Take tiludronate only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance for unwanted effects.
Swallow the tablet whole with a large glass (8 ounces) of plain water. Do not drink mineral water, milk, coffee, juice, or any other liquid when you take the tablet. It is best to take tiludronate on an empty stomach, either 2 hours before or 2 hours after eating.
Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking tiludronate.
It is important that you eat a well-balanced diet with an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D while you are taking tiludronate. Your doctor can help you choose the best diet for your condition.
If you use calcium supplements, mineral supplements, indomethacin, or aspirin, take them either 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take tiludronate. If you use antacids, wait at least 2 hours after your dose before you take the antacid. If you take these medicines together with tiludronate, it may keep the medicine from working properly.
Tiludronate takes up to 3 months to work. If you feel that the medicine is not working, talk to your doctor. Do not stop taking the medicine without checking with your doctor.
The dose of tiludronate will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of tiludronate. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For treating Paget's disease:
- Adults—400 milligrams (mg) once a day for at least 3 months.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For treating Paget's disease:
If you miss a dose of tiludronate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Precautions While Using This Medicine
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it. .
Tiludronate can irritate your esophagus. Stop taking tiludronate and call your doctor right away if you have severe heartburn (new or worse than usual), pain with swallowing, chest pain, trouble with swallowing, or feel like food is getting stuck in your esophagus.
It is important that you tell all of your doctors or dentist that you are taking tiludronate. Make sure you tell your doctor about any new medical problems, especially with your teeth or jaw. If you have dental procedures while using tiludronate, you may have an increased chance for serious jaw problems. Tell your doctor right away if you have any jaw tightness, swelling, numbness, or pain while using tiludronate.
Tiludronate can cause muscle or joint pain that in some cases is very severe. Tell your doctor right away if you have bone, joint, or muscle pain while using tiludronate.
This Medicine Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- head congestion
- hoarseness or other voice changes
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- sore throat
- blurred or decreased vision
- burning, dry, or itching eyes
- chest pain
- discharge or excessive tearing
- eye pain
- redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
- swelling of the face, feet, or lower legs
- unusual weight gain
- Bladder pain
- blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- bloody or cloudy urine
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- frequent urge to urinate
- itching red skin lesions, often with a purple center
- lower back or side pain
- pain or swelling in the arms or legs without any injury
- pounding in the ears
- sensation of spinning
- slow or fast heartbeat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
- Abdominal or stomach cramps
- difficulty with breathing
- irregular heartbeats
- mood or mental changes
- muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
- numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
- shortness of breath
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Back pain
- body pain (general)
- upset stomach
- Bone fractures
- burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
- dry skin
- hair loss
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- joint pain
- loss of appetite
- muscle cramps or spasms
- muscle pain
- red or irritated eyes
- skin rash
- stomach gas
- throat pain
- tooth disorder
- trouble thinking
- Dry mouth
- fear or nervousness
- feeling of warmth
- lack or loss of strength
- redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- stomach pain
- trouble sleeping
- unable to sleep
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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