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Etidronate, Didronel


Etidronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. It works by preventing bone breakdown and increasing bone density (thickness).


synthetic analog of pyrophosphate


Etidronate is used to treat Paget's disease of bone and to treat and prevent certain types of bone problems that may occur after hip replacement or spinal cord injury. Etidronate is also used sometimes to treat and prevent osteoporosis caused by steroid treatment.

Side Effects

azotemia, bone pain, diarrhea, dyspepsia, hyperphosphatemia, hypocalcemia, metallic taste, nausea/vomiting,

Drug-Vitamin-Herb Interactions

Negative interactions:

Some experts suggest that calcium should be taken separately from biphosphates.




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