Compare Actonel vs. Reclast

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Actonel (risedronate)

Prescription only

Reclast (zoledronate)

Prescription only
Prevents bone loss and fracture.

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

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

Reclast (zoledronate) is a good choice for osteoporosis if you aren't able to take bisphosphonates by mouth. It is available as a generic, but you have to see a doctor to get each dose.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 39 reviewsforReclast
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.
  • Available in generic.
  • Depending on what you're using it for, you may only need to take it as a one-time dose, or every 1 to 2 years.
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.
  • You have to go to your doctor's office or an infusion center to get each dose by IV infusion.
  • It can't be used if you have really poor kidney function.
  • Joint pain and muscle pain are common side effects after the infusion.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Delayed-release pill
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
83 reviews so far
36%
saidit'sworth it
19%
saiditworked well
25%
saidit'sa big hassle

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39 reviews so far
28%
saidit'sworth it
28%
saiditworked well
36%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
33possible side effects
  • Infection
    31%
  • Back pain
    28%
  • Joint pain
    24%
  • Accidental injury
    17%
  • Generalized pain
    14%
  • Constipation
    13%
  • Stomach pain
    12%
  • Traumatic bone fracture
    12%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    11%
  • High blood pressure
    11%
  • Diarrhea
    11%
  • Indigestion
    11%
  • Nausea
    11%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Bronchitis
    10%
  • Urinary tract infection
    10%
  • Sinus infection
    9%
  • Swelling in the arms or legs
    8%
  • Joint problems
    7%
  • Muscle pain
    7%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Depression
    7%
  • Rash
    7%
  • Cataracts
    7%
  • Stuffy or runny nose
    6%
  • Sore throat
    6%
  • Increased cough
    6%
  • Weakness
    5%
  • Neck pain
    5%
  • Chest pain
    5%
  • Bone pain
    5%
  • Sleep difficulty
    5%
  • Allergic reaction
    4%
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17possible side effects
  • Muscle aches
    20%
  • Fatigue
    18%
  • Headache
    15%
  • Muscle pain
    12%
  • Pain
    12%
  • Chills
    10%
  • Influenza-like illness
    9%
  • Stomach pain
    8%
  • Shortness of breath
    7%
  • Feeling unwell
    7%
  • Musculoskeletal stiffness
    5%
  • Lack of energy
    3%
  • Atrial fibrillation
    3%
  • Palpitations
    3%
  • Excessive sweating
    3%
  • Eye pain
    2%
  • Lower kidney function
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Irritation and ulcers in the stomach and esophagus
    • 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
  • Pain in the bones and/or muscles
  • Problems in the jawbone
    • Oral or dental surgery
    • Cancer
    • Poor oral hygiene
  • Leg bone fractures
  • Low calcium in the blood
    • History of low calcium in the blood
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  • Pain in the bones and muscles
  • Problems in the jawbone
    • Oral or dental surgery
    • Cancer
    • Poor oral hygiene
  • Leg bone fractures
  • Low calcium in the blood
    • Low parathyroid hormone
    • History of thyroid surgery
    • Problems with calcium absorption
  • Kidney injury
    • Kidney disease
    • Taking a water pill
    • Dehydrated
    • Elderly
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