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The Fosamax dosage that you are prescribed will depend on the condition being treated, whether you want to take a daily or weekly dose, and other factors. The recommended dose for osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women is either Fosamax 70 mg once weekly or Fosamax 10 mg once daily. Regardless of your Fosamax dosage, you must remain upright for at least 30 minutes after taking it.

Fosamax Dosage: An Introduction

The dose of Fosamax® (alendronate sodium) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Whether you prefer to take Fosamax daily or weekly
  • Whether you are treating or preventing osteoporosis or treating Paget's disease
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your Fosamax dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Fosamax Dosage for Treating Osteoporosis

The recommended dose of Fosamax for treating osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women is either Fosamax 70 mg once weekly or Fosamax 10 mg once daily.
 

Fosamax Dosage for Preventing Osteoporosis

The recommended dose of Fosamax for preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women is either Fosamax 35 mg once weekly or Fosamax 5 mg once daily.
 

Fosamax Dosage for Treating Steroid-Related Osteoporosis

The recommended dose of Fosamax when treating osteoporosis that is due to steroid use in men and women is Fosamax 5 mg once daily. However, the dose for treating osteoporosis that is caused by steroid use in postmenopausal women who are not taking estrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is higher -- Fosamax 10 mg once daily.
 
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