Why is alendronate taken once a week?

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (”change of life,” end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Alendronate (Fosamax, Merck & Co.) is now available in a 70 mg formulation to be …

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