Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Actonel

(Risedronate)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Prevents bone loss.

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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.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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Side effect rates for Actonel (Risedronate)

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Risks and Warnings for Actonel (Risedronate)

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  • People on Actonel (Risedronate) have reported irritation to the stomach and esophagus to the point of ulcers. It is very important to remain standing or sitting upright for at least 30 minutes after you take the medication to help stop this from happening, and to take this first thing in the morning when you wake up with a full glass of plain water. Talk to your doctor if this will be a problem for you. Also, talk to your doctor if you notice new pain while swallowing, or pain around the middle of your chest or abdomen while taking this medication.

Common concerns from people taking Actonel (Risedronate)

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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).
Pain
  • If you have pain with swallowing, around your chest or stomach, or new or worsening heartburn, talk to your doctor.
Weight
  • Consider adding weight-bearing exercises as part of your exercise routine.