BINOSTO is the well-known and trusted compound alendronate sodium, which has been available since 1995 as Fosamax®. A great deal is known about the way alendronate works in the body to build bone.
Even though bones feel like hard and solid structures, the truth is that they are living tissues in a continual process of remodeling (the term given to the natural process of breaking down old bone and building up of new bone). The balance between bone formation and bone resorption (the medical word for the process of breaking down in the skeleton and being taken up in normal metabolism) is thrown off in osteoporosis. In osteoporosis, the rate of bone resorption is faster than the rate of bone formation. As a result, the body loses bone.
Alendronate builds bone by actually becoming part of the bone remodeling process. It is drawn to the areas of the bone engaged in the process of breaking down, and slows this process by attaching itself to the bone and forming a foundation on which new bone grows. In this way it becomes part of the bone matrix, or the structure of bone.
In order to maintain the new balance between bone formation and resorption, alendronate levels need to be maintained on a continual basis. It's very important to take your medicine as your doctor prescribed it to avoid decreasing its effectiveness.
Fosamax is a registered trademark of Merck & Co., Inc.