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Etidronate Disodium

[ Generic Medicines for Osteoporosis Treatment ]

Etidronate Disodium is a diphosphonate analog of endogenous pyrophosphate that belongs to a group of medicines known as bisphosphonates. It differs from endogenous pyrophosphate in its resistance to enzymatic hydrolysis. It acts by adsorbing hydroxyapatite cells and reducing the number of osteoclasts so as to inhibit the abnormal bone resorption.

Class of Drugs – Bisphosphonates

Molecular Formula – C2H6Na2O7P2

Molecular Weight - 249.99 g/mol

Working: This given medicine Etidronate Disodium works by decreasing the speed of bone loss and keeping the bones strong and less likely to break.  It can also be used to reduce bone pain from this disease. This tablet may cause bone loss in the jaw, jaw pain or numbness, red or swollen gums, loose teeth, or slow healing after dental work. It should not be used for a longer time than prescribed by the doctor.

Uses: This mentioned medication is approved for the treatment of a certain type of bone disease called Paget's disease. Its diseases weaken and deform bones. Etidronate Disodium slows down bone loss and keeps the bones strong. It also helps to reduce the risk of bone damage or break i.e. fracture. It reduces bone pain from this disease. This medication can also be used to prevent or treat bone problems that may occur after hip replacement surgery or spinal cord injury.

Popular Brands and Dosages: This bisphosphonate medicine is used in a popular brand medicine as mentioned below:

  • Didronel: 200 mg

The medication should be taken with a full glass of plain water. Do not take this conventional tablet with any other beverage. After consuming this tablet, stay fully upright i.e. sitting, standing, or walking and do not lie down for at least 30 minutes.