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RISEDRONATE (Actonel) [Rizz-ed-ROW-nate]
How to use this medication
Risedronate is a medication used to treat and prevent thinning of the bones (called osteoporosis).
Risedronate can be taken once a day as a 5 mg tablet. It can also be taken ONCE A WEEK as a 35 mg tablet. It can also be taken ONCE A MONTH as a 150 mg tablet. Discuss with your doctor.
Risedronate should be taken first thing in the morning. Do not lie down after taking the medicine.
Risedronate should be taken on an empty stomach. Wait at least 1 hour before taking any other medication or eating or drinking anything.
Take risedronate with a full glass of water. Do not take it with coffee, juice or tea.
What you need to do
To help build your bones you should take calcium & vitamin D while taking risedronate. Your doctor will tell you the right amount of calcium and vitamin D for you.
Risedronate should not be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Stop the medicine and let your doctor know if you become pregnant while taking risedronate.
Medicines like risedronate have been associated with a very rare problem with the jaw (osteonecrosis). This problem has been seen after dental work. Let your doctor know if you develop sudden pain in the jaw.
Your doctor will monitor your response to risedronate by testing your BMD. This is usually done every 1 to 3 years. Talk to your doctor.
Side effects and important things to know
The most common side effect of risedronate is stomach upset, pain, bloating, and nausea. Risedronate can irritate the lining of the stomach, esophagus, or intestine. This is rare. It can result in stomach pain or trouble swallowing.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking risedronate. You do not need to wean off it. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.