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 how you have to take 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
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How it works
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Actonel (Risedronate) is a bisphosphonate. It slows down osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. This results in greater bone mass and lowers the possibility of fractures.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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BisphosphonatePrescription only
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Available as
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Hypercalcemia Paget's disease Postmenopausal osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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      • Oral or dental surgery
      • Cancer
      • Poor oral hygiene
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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
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          • People on Actonel (Risedronate) have reported breakdown of the jaw bone. This is rare. This can happen if you have oral or dental surgery, or if you have poor oral hygiene. If you notice pain, swelling or an infection in your jaw, talk to your doctor right away. Also, tell your surgeon that you are taking Actonel (Risedronate).
          No food related info.
          Pain
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          • If you have pain with swallowing, around your chest or stomach, or new or worsening heartburn, talk to your doctor.
          No pain related info.
          Weight
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          • Consider adding weight-bearing exercises as part of your exercise routine.
          No weight related info.
          Upsides and benefits
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          • Available in generic.
          • Available in oral tablets that can be taken once or twice a month, once a week, or once a day.
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          Downsides and risks
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          • You have to take it first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
          • You have to remain upright for at least 30 minutes after you take the medication, which can be a problem if you have mobility issues.
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          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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          • If you're taking the fast release medication, take it first thing when you wake up by swallowing the whole pill with a full glass of water.
          • Don't eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after you've taken the fast release medication.
          • If you're taking the extended release medication, take it after your first meal of the day with at least a half cup of water.
          • Stay sitting or standing and Don't take any other medications, vitamins or supplements for at least 30 minutes after you take the medication.
          • If you have pain with swallowing, around your chest or stomach, or new or worsening heartburn, talk to your doctor.
          • Call your doctor if you develop pain in your jaw, hips or thighs.
          • Keep taking your calcium and vitamin D.
          • If you forget to take your dose, skip it and take it the following morning.
          • Some of these medications are only taken once or twice a month, others are taken once a week and others once a day. Talk to your pharmacist if you're not sure.
          • Consider adding weight-bearing exercises as part of your exercise routine.
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