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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Risedronate
Risedronate
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(ris ED roe nate)

Brand Names
Actonel™

Therapeutic Categories
Bisphosphonate Derivative

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to another bisphosphonate, risedronate, or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you have any of the following conditions: Low calcium in the blood, slow movement through the esophagus (swallowing tube), narrowing of the esophagus, unable to stand or sit for 30 minutes after taking medicine.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to treat Paget's disease of the bone.
  • Another use includes treatment of osteoporosis (brittle bones) in postmenopausal women and in men and women who have osteoporosis because of steroid (prednisone) use.


How does it work?

  • Risedronate reduces normal and abnormal bone destruction.


How is it best taken?

  • Take first thing in the morning.
  • Take with a full glass of plain water at least 30 minutes before the first food, drink, or medicine of the day.
  • Do not drink coffee, orange juice, or eat for at least 30 minutes after taking medicine. These decrease medicine getting into system.
  • Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking medicine. This prevents irritation of the esophagus.
  • Swallow tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush. May irritate the lining of the mouth.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed one and return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Limit alcohol intake (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and cigarette smoking. Can worsen bone breakdown.
  • Use caution if you have stomach, intestine, or esophageal diseases. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • This medicine works best when used with calcium/vitamin D supplements (if dietary intake is poor), weight-bearing exercises like walking or physical therapy. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Belly pain and cramps.
  • Nausea. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
  • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
  • Rash.
  • Flu-like feeling.
  • Muscle or bone pain.


What should I monitor?

  • Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Heartburn, stomach pain/burning, nausea.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in a tight container at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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