When to take it
For both the tablet and oral solution, Fosagen should be taken on an empty stomach so it can be absorbed properly.
Take it first thing, and wait at least 30 minutes before having any food, drink and any other medication, although you can have water if you wish.
It's also best to wait at least four hours after taking Fosagen before taking a calcium supplement. Calcium can affect how the medication is absorbed.
What are the side effects of Fosagen (Fosamax)?
The most common side effect of Fosagen is stomach pain.,
Other important side effects are:
How it works
Fosagen belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Fosagen works by preventing bone breakdown and increasing the thickness of bone. This can make your bones strong and keep them from breaking.
Fosagen oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness but it can cause other side effects.
Stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, or nausea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: jaw/ear pain, increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain, new or unusual hip/thigh/groin pain, swelling of joints/hands/ankles/feet, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
This medication may rarely cause serious irritation and ulcers of the esophagus. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking Fosagen and talk to your doctor or pharmacist right away: new or worsening heartburn, chest pain, pain or difficulty when swallowing.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
What Other Drugs Interact with Fosagen?
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.
Severe interactions of Fosagen include:
Fosagen has no known serious interactions with other drugs.
Moderate interactions of Fosagen include:
Fosagen has mild interactions with at least 39 different drugs.
This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.