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Etidronate - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on August 11, 2022
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Information about Etidronate

Generic Name : Etidronate
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Etidronate are provided here.
Pronunciation : e ti droe' nate
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Etidronate, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
ICD Code : Y52.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antihypercalcemic Agents and Bone Resorption Inhibitors

Trade Names/Brand Names of Etidronate

India : 

International : 


Why is Etidronate Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a bisphosphonate, prescribed for Paget's disease, osteoporosis and hypercalcaemia.  It slows the breakdown of old bone and the formation of new bone.

When should Etidronate not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in people with low blood calcium level, esophagus problem, unable to stand or sit for more than half an hour.

What is the dosage of Etidronate?

Adult: PO-The recommended dose is 5 to 7.5mg/kg/day.

How should Etidronate be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Etidronate?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of stomach, esophagus, blood clotting, kidney or liver problems, cancer, anemia, asthma, smoking, menstrual disorder, any allergy, infection, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Patient may develop with increased risk of jawbone problems; tooth examination needed before the treatment.

Monitor blood calcium level, bone thickness regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Etidronate?

  Most Common: Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, rash, hair loss and muscle/ joint pain.
  Central Nervous System: Confusion, depression, hallucination and tingling.
  Allergic Reactions: Rash, itching, skin eruption and hives.

What are the other precautions for Etidronate?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Etidronate?

Store it at controlled room temperature (25°C) and in an airtight container.
Last Updated : August 11, 2022
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