Actonel (Risedronate) refers to bisphosphonate. It reduces bone loss and is used for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.
Use Actonel according to doctor’s advice.
- Take Actonel 2 days in a row during a month. On the morning of each of these days take for one tablet.
- You should not take more than 2 tablets of Risedronate per month, except that cases when your doctor allows.
- Swallow tablets of Actonel whole. Breaking, crushing, chewing, or sucking of tablets before swallowing are not appropriate.
- Be aware you realize how to take Risedronate. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take Actonel with a full glass of pure water (6 to 8 oz/180 to 240 mL). Do not use mineral water, coffee, tea, milk, or juice while taking Risedronate. During 30 minutes after taking Actonel and until you take your first food of the day, do not lie down.
- Even if you don’t feel bad, continue to use Actonel. Do not miss any doses.
If you have any questions, consult with your health care provider how to use Actonel.
If you didn’t take dose of Actonel in time, use it as soon as possible. But in the case if it is a time to take a new one, instead of missed dose take your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at the same time.
Keep Actonel at the temperature of 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Keep away from heat, moisture, and light. Keeping in bathroom is not appropriate. Do not permit children or pets to reach Actonel.
Actonel Safety information
Risedronate is contra-indicated for:
- individuals allergic to any component in Actonel;
- individuals, who can not stand or sit upright at least during 30 minutes;
- Those, who have low blood calcium levels or severe problems with kidneys.
If any of these pertain to you, inform your doctor or health care provider.
Please read carefully:
- Risedronate may be a reason of dizziness. Do not take it with alcohol or some medicines in order not to make these effects worse. Be wary using Actonel. Do not perform other probably unsafe tasks if you do not know your reaction to it.
- Before drinking alcohol, smoking, or using other tobacco while taking Actonel, consult with your doctor.
- About using weight-bearing exercises in order to help prevent bone loss consult with your doctor.
- Follow the diet and prescriptions made for you by your health care provider. Ask your doctor about whether you should take a calcium and vitamin D supplement while using Actonel.
- It is important to proper care for your teeth while taking Actonel. Brush and floss your teeth and visit dentist regularly.
- But before getting any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery, inform your doctor or dentist that you use Actonel.
- While using Actonel you may perform such lab tests as bone density and blood calcium levels. These tests may be used for observing your state or checking for side effects. Be aware you follow all doctor and lab prescriptions.
- Actonel may contradict with some lab tests. Inform your doctor and lab personnel that you are using Actonel.
- You should use Actonel extremely cautiously in children; the safety and effect on children have not been proved.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you know you are pregnant, inform your doctor. It is necessary to define positive and negative consequences of Actonel while you are pregnant. It is not known does breast milk contain Actonel. While taking Actonel do not breast-feed.
- Actonel should be used only by person who has doctor’s prescription. Do not share Actonel with other people.
Actonel Side Effects
Inform your doctor if some of these common side effects become apparent:
- back pain; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache; joint pain; mild stomach pain or upset; nausea.
Seek medical care if some of these severe side effects appear:
- such severe allergic reaction as rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; black, tarry or bloody stools; chest pain; coughing or vomiting blood; difficult or painful swallowing; mouth sores; new, worsening, or severe heartburn; painful or difficult urination; sensitivity to light; severe bone, muscle, or joint pain; severe or persistent sore throat or stomach pain; swelling of the arms or legs; swelling or pain in your jaw; unusual eye pain or redness; vision changes.