Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium)

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(FOZ-uh-maks) A drug that builds bone strength. It works by increasing the activity of the cells that make new bone. It is used to treat osteoporosis. It is also being studied for:

It belongs to the group of drugs called bisphosphonates. Aredia (chemical name: pamidronate) and Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid) are other bisphosphonates.

For more information, see's section on Bone Health.

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