• johnsonai johnsonai
    April 04, 2009
    70-mg dose of Fosomax equal to 35-mg of Actonel? Are they equivalent at these dosages? .
    johnsonai johnsonai
    April 04, 2009

    A friend had to quit taking Fosomax and gave me her six-month supply.  I usually take 35-mg of Actonel.  Can I use the Fosomax, which is 70-mg, or should I cut each tablet in half?

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  • Pam Flores
    Health Guide
    April 05, 2009
    Pam Flores
    Health Guide
    April 05, 2009

    Hi Johnsonai:  Sorry but 70 mgs of Fosamax is not equivalent to 35 mgs of Actonel.  It's best to discard the medication or have your pharmacy dispose of it.  It's not advisable to take someone elses medications.  Your Dr prescribed Actonel 35 mgs, for a reason, and switching to Fosamax could cause problems, plus it's twice the dosage.  Even though these two meds are similar, they aren't identical so they can't be interchanged.  Also the package insert says they can't be cut or crushed.

     

    Here's a coupon offer from Actonel, for one free month to help out with the price, that you can use for your next refill.

     

    Good luck..


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