The nurse monitors a patient taking alendronate for which common side effect?


•Alendronate is a bisphosphonate used to treat osteoporosis and Paget's disease.

•Common side effects include GI irritation (pain, nausea, dyspepsia, constipation, diarrhea), hypocalcemia, headache, and musculoskeletal pain.

•Bisphosphonates inhibit osteoclast and bone resorption.

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