Pamidronate

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Pamidronate

Interaction

Pamidronate

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

dnicon_Beneficial May Be Beneficial: Depletion or interference—This medication may deplete these substances from the body or interfere with how they work; extra intake may help replenish them.

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dnicon_Beneficial May Be Beneficial: Side effect reduction and/or prevention—These substances may help reduce the likelihood and/or severity of a potential side effect caused by the medication.

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dnicon_Beneficial May Be Beneficial: Supportive interaction—These substances may help this medication work better.

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dnicon_Avoid Avoid: Reduces drug effectiveness—When taking this medication, avoid these substances as they may decrease the medication's absorption and/or activity in the body.

Food

dnicon_Avoid Avoid: Adverse interaction—When taking this medication, avoid these substances, as the combination may cause undesirable or dangerous interactions.

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dnicon_Check Check: Explanation needed—When taking this medication, read the article details and discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist before taking these substances.

Calcium*

Magnesium*


An asterisk (*) next to an item in the summary indicates that the interaction is supported only by weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific evidence.

Interactions Details

Interactions with Vitamins

Calcium

Calcium supplements may interfere with alendronate absorption.1 However, one researcher suggested that addition of large amounts of supplemental calcium to alendronate therapy in patients with bone metastases (with evidence of osteomalacia) related to prostate cancer might improve the clinical outcome.2 Moreover, both calcium and alendronate are commonly used in the treatment of osteoporosis in the same people. To prevent potential interactions, alendronate should be taken two hours before or after calcium supplements.

Magnesium

Absorption of tiludronate, a drug related to alendronate, is reduced when taken with magnesium and/or aluminum-containing antacids.3 This interaction has not yet been reported with alendronate. Until more is known, alendronate should be taken two hours before or after magnesium and/or aluminum-containing antacids.

Brands

Common brand names:

Aredia

References

1. Threlkeld DS, ed. Hormones, Bisphosphonates. InFacts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, Jul 1998, 134r.

2. Adami S. Bisphosphonates in prostate carcinoma. Cancer 1997;80:1674–9.

3. Threlkeld DS, ed. Hormones, Bisphosphonates. InFacts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, Jul 1998, 134r.

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