Alendrolich Veckotablett

Package leaflet: Information for the user

AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets

(alendronic acid)

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

What is in this leaflet:

1. What AlendroLichVeckotablett70mg Tablets are and what they are used for

2. What you need to know before you take AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets

3. How to take AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets

4. Possible side effects

5. How to store AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets

6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets are and what they are used for

Alendronic acid belongs to a group of non-hormonal medicines known as bisphosphonates, which prevent bone loss from the body.

Alendronic acid is used to treat a condition called osteoporosis (brittle bones). This condition is common in women after the menopause. The earlier a woman reaches the menopause, the greater the risk of her developing osteoporosis.

Without treatment, osteoporosis can cause thinning and weakening of the bones in the skeleton which can then lead to fractures, usually of the hip, backbone and wrists. Fractures can occur easily in people suffering from osteoporosis including during normal everyday activities such as heavy lifting or from a minor injury or fall.

Alendronic acid helps to prevent bone loss and to build up bone which may have been lost due to osteoporosis. It can therefore reduce the risk of back and hip fractures.

2. What you need to know before you take AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets

Do not take AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets:

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene when being treated with AlendroLichVeckotablett70mg Tablets. You should have routine dental check-ups throughout your treatment and you should contact your doctor or dentist if you experience any problems with your mouth or teeth such as loose teeth, pain or swelling.

Other medicines and AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.

Do not take any other medicines orally (by mouth) at the same time as taking AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets. You should leave at least 30 minutes between your dose of AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets and any other oral medicines. It is important that you follow all of the advice given in section 3 - ‘How to take AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets.’

You should speak to your Doctor before you take AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg if you are currently taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets with food and drink

These tablets must be taken on an empty stomach as food and drink can greatly reduce the effectiveness of the medicine. You must take the tablets with a full glass of plain water at least 30 minutesbefore any other food or drink. It is important that you follow all of the advice given in section 3 - ‘How to take AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets.’

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not take AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are breast-feeding.

Driving and using machines

AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tabletsare not expected to have any effects on your ability to drive and use machines. However in rare cases patients taking AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets can suffer from side effects including dizziness, severe muscle joint and bone pain and eye pain or inflammation. If you are affected in this way, you should contact your doctor before driving or using machinery.

AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets contain lactose

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.

3. How to take AlendroLich Veckotablett70mg Tablets

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctorhas told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets must be taken once a week.

The following instructions are particularly important to ensure that your medicine is effective and to reduce the likelihood of the medicine irritating your oesophagus (gullet):

  • Choose the day of the week that best suits you to take your tablet.

  • Take one AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablet each week on your chosen day.

  • Immediately after getting up on your chosen day, take the AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablet on an empty stomach. It should only be taken with a full glass of plain water (not less than 200ml) and should be taken at least 30 minutes before any other food, drink or medicine. Do not take your tablet with tea, coffee, mineral water or juice.

  • The tablet must be swallowed whole. You must not chew or crush the tablet or allow it to dissolve in your mouth.

  • Wait at least 30 minutes after taking the tablet before you drink or eat the first meal of the day or take any other medicine (this includes calcium supplements, vitamins and antacids (which are used to treat indigestion)).

  • Do not lie down after taking AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets. You must stay upright (sitting, standing or walking) for at least 30 minutes after you have swallowed the tablet. It is also important that you do not lie down before you have eaten the first meal of the day.

  • Do not take your tablet at bedtime or before you get out of bed in the morning.

  • If you find it difficult and/or painful to swallow, or you feel pain behind the breast-bone or new or worsened heartburn, stop taking the tablets and contact your doctor.

Your doctor may also ask you to take vitamin D or calcium supplements whilst you are taking AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets. If so, you should follow your doctor’s advice carefully.

It is important that you continue to take AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets for as long as your doctor recommends. AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets can only treat your osteoporosis effectively if you continue to take the tablets.

Use in children and adolescents

Alendronate should not be given to children and adolescents.

If you take more AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets than you should

You may suffer from a stomach upset, heartburn, inflammation of the gullet or stomach, muscle and stomach cramps, spasms, weakness and fits. You shoulddrink a full glass of milk and contact your nearest doctor or hospital casualty department immediately. Do not try and make yourself sick (vomit) and do not lie down.

If you forget to take AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets

Take one tablet on getting up the next morning after you remember. Do not take two tablets on the same day. Return to taking one tablet once a week on the day that you originally decided upon.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although serious allergic reactions are very rare. You should stop taking AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets and tell your doctor immediately if you get any of the following symptoms:

If you have difficulty and/or pain when swallowing, you feel pain behind the breast-bone or new or worsened heartburn, stop taking AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets and contact your doctor.If you ignore these symptoms and continue to take your tablets it is likely that these gullet reactions may get worse.

The following side effects have been reported:

Very common side effects (probably affecting more than 1 in 10 people)

Muscle, joint or bone pain, which is sometimes severe

Common side effects (probably affecting less than 1 in 10 people):

Stomach pain




Full or bloated feeling in the stomach

Ulceration of the oesophagus (gullet)


Regurgitation of acid from the stomach (reflux)

Pain or difficulty when swallowing




Hair loss


Joint swelling

Weakness or lack of energy

Excess fluid (swelling)

usually in the legs

(peripheral oedema)

Uncommon side effects (probably affecting less than 1 in 100 people):

Feeling and being

sick (nausea and vomiting)

Inflammation of the stomach

Inflammation and/or thinning (erosion) of the gullet


Black tarry stools

Reddening of the skin

Changes in your sense of taste

Inflammation of the eye

Temporary flu-like symptoms (muscle pain, general feeling of illness and, in rare cases, fever) usually at the start of treatment.

Rare side effects (probably affecting less than 1 in 1000 people):

Narrowing of the gullet

Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions including swelling and skin eruptions

Stomach or other peptic ulcers (although it is not clear whether these ulcers are caused by alendronic acid)

Mouth and/or throat ulcers

Skin rash with sensitivity to light

Unusual fracture of the thigh bone particularly in patients on long-term treatment for osteoporosis may occur rarely. Contact your doctor if you experience pain, weakness or discomfort in your thigh, hip or groin as this may be an early indication of a possible fracture of the thigh bone.

Severe skin reactions (Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis)

Low calcium levels which may cause muscle cramps or spasms and tingling sensation in the fingers or around the mouth.

Pain and/or inflammation of the jaw (this is more common in people who have had a tooth taken out and/or a mouth infection)

Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):

Talk to your doctor if you have ear pain, discharge from the ear, and/or an ear infection. These could be signs of bone damage in the ear.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system listed in Appendix V. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicineafter the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP:. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets contain:

What AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg Tablets look like and contents of the pack

AlendroLichVeckotablett 70mg Tablets are white to off-white oval tablets stamped ’AN 70‘ on one side and ‘>’ on the other.

The tablets are available in blister packs of 2, 4, 8, 12, 24 and 40 tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:

[To be completed nationally]


Qualiti (Burnley) Limited, Talbot Street, Briercliffe, Burnley, BB10 2JY, United Kingdom.


Juta Pharma GmbH, Gutenbergstraße 13, 24941 Flensburg, Germany


Artesan Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Wendlandstrasse 1, 29439 Lüchow, Germany


Chester Medical Solutions, Apex Court, Bassendale Road, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 3RE, United Kingdom


Arrow Pharm (Malta) Ltd., HF 62, Hal Far Industrial Estate, Hal Far, BBG 3000, Malta


Salutas Pharma GmbH, Otto-von-Guericke-Allee 1, 39179 Barleben, Germany


Actavis Ltd., BLB 016, Bulebel Industrial Estate, Zejtun, ZTN 3000, Malta

This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under following names:

Czech Republic Alenwin 70

Germany Alendron-Sandoz einmal wöchenlich 70 mg Tabletten

Sweden AlendroLich Veckotablett 70mg tablett

United Kingdom Aledronic Acid 70 mg Tablets

This leaflet was last revised in 18 January 2016