Compare Actonel vs. Calcitonin

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Actonel
(risedronate)

Miacalcin
(calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Actonel (risedronate) is a first-choice treatment for osteoporosis and is available as a generic, but taking it can be a hassle.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Actonel (risedronate)
36%
of people (All ages) say Actonel (risedronate) is worth it
19%
say it works well
25%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
ActonelCalcitonin
  • Infection 1%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Joint pain 2%
  • Stomach pain 2%
  • Traumatic bone fracture 3%
  • High blood pressure 1%
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How it works
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Actonel (risedronate) is a bisphosphonate. It slows down osteoclasts, which are the cells that break down bone. This results in greater bone mass, and lowers the possibility of fractures.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ActonelCalcitonin
Prescription only
Available as
ActonelCalcitonin
  • Pill
  • Nasal spray
Used for
ActonelCalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Pagets Disease Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of ulcers, or other stomach or esophageal problems
  • History of difficulty swallowing
  • Unable to sit upright or stand for 30 minutes after taking the medicine
    • Oral or dental surgery
    • Cancer
    • Poor oral hygiene
      • History of low calcium in the blood
      Detailed Actonel (risedronate) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Food
      ActonelCalcitonin
      • Although rare, breakdown of the jawbone has happened in people taking Actonel (risedronate). This is more likely to happen if you have oral or dental surgery, or if you have poor oral hygiene. If you notice pain or swelling in your jaw, talk to your doctor right away. Also, tell your surgeon that you are taking Actonel (risedronate) prior to any oral/dental procedures.
      No food related info.
      Pain
      ActonelCalcitonin
      • Talk to your doctor if you have pain with swallowing, pain in your chest or stomach, or new or worsening heartburn.
      No pain related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      ActonelCalcitonin
      • Actonel (risedronate) is one of the first choice medicines to treat osteoporosis.
      • It is available in generic.
      • It is available in tablets that can be taken by mouth once or twice a month, once a week, or once a day.
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      Downsides and risks
      ActonelCalcitonin
      • You have to take Actonel (risedronate) first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
      • You have to remain upright for at least 30 minutes after you take it, which can be a problem if you have trouble moving.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      ActonelCalcitonin
      • If you're taking the immediate release medicine, take it first thing when you wake up by swallowing the whole pill with a full glass of water.
      • Remain sitting or standing, and don't take any other medications, vitamins, or supplements for at least 30 minutes after you take Actonel (risedronate).
      • If you forget to take your dose, skip it and take it the following morning.
      • Keep taking your calcium and vitamin D.
      • Talk to your doctor if you have pain with swallowing, pain in your chest or stomach, or new or worsening heartburn.
      • If you develop pain in your jaw, hips, or thighs, call your doctor.
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