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Brand name: Fosamax

Fosamax is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) alendronate. On this page you will find out more about Fosamax, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: alendronate

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Fosamax 10 mg uncoated tablet, 30

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

*For the treatment of Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis must be confirmed by: the finding of low bone mass of at least 2 standard deviations below the gender specific mean for young adults or by the presence of osteoporotic fracture. * Treatment and prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in post menopausal women not receiving oestrogen and who are on long term corticosteroid therapy.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to off-white oval polished tablet, one side 936, the other side plain.

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Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
30 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
8 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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Fosamax | myVMC

Fosamax is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis related to corticosteroid medication use and Paget's disease of the bone. It contains alendronate sodium.

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Fosamax Plus | myVMC

Fosamax Plus is used to treat osteoporosis caused by glucocorticosteroid use or menopause. It contains alendronate sodium which helps build bones.

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Osteoporosis | myVMC

Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by weak, brittle bones which fracture easily. It is most common in post menopausal women.

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What you need to know about Osteoporosis

1.2 million Australians are affected by osteoporosis, which means that their bones are fragile and at risk of fracture. A further 6.3 million people have low bone density (osteopenia), a possible precursor to osteoporosis. However, as many as 4 out of 5 people with osteoporosis don’t know that they have it and therefore don’t know that they are at risk of fracturing a bone. This is because osteoporosis is a ‘silent’ disease without obvious symptoms.

Read more on Osteoporosis Australia website

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