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Didronel (etidronate)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Osteoporosis Slideshow Pictures Super Foods for Your Bones Slideshow Pictures Take the Osteoporosis Quiz GENERIC NAME: etidronateBRAND NAME: Didronel

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

DIDRONEL USES:

Didronel is used for treating Paget's disease and preventing heterotopic ossification. Heterotopic ossification is a process in which bone is deposited in soft tissues and muscles, usually after hip replacement or spinal cord surgery. Non-FDA approved (off-label) uses include:  Hypercalcemia (increased blood levels of calcium) associated with cancer Prevention of steroid induced osteoporosis, and postmenopausal osteoporosis

DIDRONEL SIDE EFFECTS:

Common side effects of Didronel include:

Headache Nausea Diarrhea Rash Hair loss Low calcium Low magnesium Low phosphate Reduced kidney function Leg cramps Bone and joint pain

Other less common side effects include:

Headache Paresthesias Hair loss Rash Altered taste Gastritis Depression Hallucination

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