Actonel

(risedronate)

2.9/ 5 average rating with 83 reviewsforActonel
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Prevents bone loss and fracture.

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Actonel (risedronate) is a first-choice treatment for osteoporosis, but taking it can be a hassle.

Quick facts about Actonel
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (risedronate)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • Actonel (risedronate) is one of the first choice medicines used for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Available in a cheaper, generic form.
  • Can take tablet form once or twice a month, once a week, or once a day.

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People’s experience with Actonel

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Downsides

  • Need to take Actonel (risedronate) on an empty stomach first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
  • Requires the person taking this medicine to remain upright for at least 30 minutes after taking it, which can be a problem for those who have trouble sitting or standing.

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How it works

Actonel (risedronate) is a bisphosphonate. It slows down the activity of osteoclasts, which are the cells in our bodies that break down bone. The medicine helps maintain bone health and lower the possibility of fractures.

Quick facts about Actonel
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (risedronate)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Delayed-release pill
People’s experience with Actonel

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What to expect when you take Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis

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Side effect rates for Actonel (risedronate)

From 3232 clinical trials of Actonel when taken for postmenopasual osteoporosis (5mg daily)
  • Infection
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Accidental injury
  • Generalized pain
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Traumatic bone fracture
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • High blood pressure

Risks and Warnings for Actonel (risedronate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • 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

    Some people taking Actonel (risedronate) have had stomach and esophagus irritation, including ulcers. Take Actonel (risedronate) first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It is very important to remain standing or sitting upright for at least 30 minutes after you take the medicine to help stop this from happening. 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 stomach while taking this medication.

Common concerns from people taking Actonel (risedronate)

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Food
  • 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.
  • If you're taking the delayed-release form, take it immediately after breakfast with at least 4 ounces of plain water. Don't use mineral water.
Pain
  • Reviewed Actonelon 6/18/2017Not worth the pain. Ended up taking pain relief which I never uses prior to Actonel.
    61
    Woman
    A month or so
    Osteoporosis