Risedronate (Actonel)

Actonel (risedronate) is a bisphosphonate medicine used to treat and prevent thinning of the bones (called osteoporosis), a condition called Paget’s disesase, and other diseases where loss of bone mass is a concern.

Bisphosphonates are a class of medicines that all work in a similar way to help the bones.

Taking Actonel

Actonel is available in oral tablet form. It can be taken once a day as a 5 mg tablet, once a week as a 35 mg tablet, and once a month as a 150 mg tablet. Doctors will choose the best option depending on their patients’ needs.

To minimize side-effects and ensure the best response, we recommend that patients take Actonel as follows:

To help build the bones, patients should take calcium and vitamin D supplements while taking Actonel. A doctor can tell you the right amount of calcium and vitamin D to take.

Important Tests and Risks



Actonel Video

Watch Dr. Andy Thompson, a Canadian rheumatologist, introduce Actonel.


Actonel Quick Reference Guide