Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Etidronate Disodium exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Etidronate Disodium must be taken regularly for it to work well. You may need to take Etidronate Disodium for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue taking Etidronate Disodium even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
Take Etidronate Disodium first thing in the morning. Take it with a full glass of plain water on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after food. You may take it with juice, but plain water is preferred. Do not take Etidronate Disodium with any milk or food. Do not take it at the same time as any other medication.
Swallow it whole. Do not suck, chew or crush it.
Swallow the tablet in an upright position - either sitting or standing. Do not lie down after swallowing the pill.
It is important to follow these instructions carefully. Etidronate Disodium may cause severe irritation to the gullet (food pipe) and stomach if not taken properly. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease, kidney stones, stomach ulcers, gastric problems, difficulty swallowing, diseases of the gullet (food pipe) or bowel inflammation.
Also let your doctor know if you have any fractures that have not completely healed.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, always inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Etidronate Disodium.
Etidronate Disodium may cause your jaw bones to weaken. You may experience dental problems such as jaw pain, loose or shaky teeth. Avoid dental surgery while being treated with Etidronate Disodium. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene while being treated with Etidronate Disodium. Your doctor may recommend that you have a dental check-up before starting you on this medicine. Alert your doctor and dentist if you:
- develop a tooth infection
- develop pain, numbness or discomfort in your teeth or gums
- have a tooth extraction
You will need to have regular blood and urine tests to check your calcium levels and kidney function. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
Ensure that you do not become dehydrated when undergoing treatment with Etidronate Disodium. Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. Check with your doctor about how much fluid you must take during treatment with Etidronate Disodium.
Ensure that you take enough calcium and vitamin D while being treated with Etidronate Disodium. Your doctor will advise you about how much of these supplements to take.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not use Etidronate Disodium if you are pregnant. Etidronate Disodium can cause harm to the unborn baby. Use effective birth control methods while being treated with Etidronate Disodium .
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Etidronate Disodium.
Alert your doctor if you have other bone illnesses such as osteomalacia ("soft bones").
Alert your doctor if you are taking other similar medicines such as clodronate, alendronate, risedronate or zoledronate.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Do not take any food, milk products, beverages or medicines within 2 hours of taking Etidronate Disodium. These will reduce the amount of Etidronate Disodium absorbed into your body.
Why do I need this medicine?
Etidronate Disodium is used to treat Paget's disease, a painful bone condition which can cause abnormal bone growth and deformity. Etidronate Disodium helps to regulate the growth of bone in Paget's disease. It also helps to strengthen the bones.
Etidronate Disodium, when given together with calcium supplements, can also be used to strengthen thin and weak bones in people who have or are at risk of osteoporosis.
Etidronate Disodium is also used to prevent abnormal formation of bone tissue after hip replacement surgery or after a spinal cord injury.
What side effects could I experience?
Common side effects of Etidronate Disodium include joint or muscle pain, hair loss, headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, bloating, flatulence (wind) and diarrhoea. It may also cause rashes.
Alert your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or refuse to go away.
Other side effects are less common but may be more serious. You may need immediate medical attention. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:
- difficulty swallowing
- new hip or thigh pain
- back pain
- eye pain or loss of vision
- allergic reactions such as severe or persistent rash, swelling of the face, breathlessness
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- medicines which contain magnesium, calcium, phosphate or iron salts, such as multivitamins
- certain laxatives that contain magnesium
- painkillers of the NSAIDS type for example aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac
- warfarin (a medicine for thinning the blood)
Do not take Etidronate Disodium if you are taking other similar medicines such as pamidronate, alendronate, risedronate or zoledronate.
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.