Fosamax Plus D Uses
Fosamax Plus D is used for treating osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women. The drug works by slowing down the rate at which bones break down. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend "off-label" Fosamax Plus D uses, such as treating or preventing osteoporosis due to the use of steroids and preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at risk for the condition.
Fosamax Plus D™ (alendronate and cholecalciferol) is a combination drug that contains alendronate (a bisphosphonate osteoporosis medication) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D). It is approved for the following uses:
- Treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women
- Increasing bone mass in men with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis, which means "porous bone," is a disease characterized by low bone mass (bone thinning) that leads to fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist. Men, as well as women, are affected by this condition. Fortunately, osteoporosis is a disease that can be prevented and treated.
Common causes of osteoporosis include:
- Age-related bone loss
- Alcohol abuse
- Long-term corticosteroid use
- Certain diseases.
Race and ethnicity may play a role in developing osteoporosis as well, but more research is needed to determine the connection.
Often, osteoporosis treatment is not started until a bone is broken, as there are usually no symptoms of osteoporosis. However, treatment may be started earlier if the disease is detected using a test (see Diagnosing Osteoporosis).