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Actonel Medication - Uses & Side Effects

risedronate
Pronunciation: rih SED ro nayt
Brand: Actonel

Actonel is in a group of medicines known as bisphosphonates (bis FOS fo nayts). It alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. RISEDRONATE (Actonel®) reduces calcium loss from bones. It also helps prevent bone loss and it increases production of normal healthy bone in patients with Paget's disease, osteoporosis, and other conditions which place someone at risk for bone loss such as including after menopause in females or from the long-term use of corticosteroids in men or women.

Actonel Dosage

  • For the treatment of Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis, the recommended dose is one 5-milligram tablet once a day.
  • For Paget's Disease, the recommended dose is 30 milligrams once a day for two months.

Uses of Actonel

  • Actonel is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in men and women.
  • Actonel is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.

Side Effects of Actonel

Before taken Actonel medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Actonel. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Belching
  • Bladder irritation
  • Bone disorders and pain
  • Bronchitis
  • Bursitis
  • Cataracts
  • Chest pain
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing

Warnings and precautions before taking Actonel

  • If you have kidney conditions, low calcium levels (hypocalcemia), trouble swallowing, stomach or esophagus disorders (e.g., ulcers, esophagitis), any allergies, then you should tell your doctor.
  • After taken this medicine you may feel some dizzy, so do not perform any activity that requiring full mental alertness such as operate machinery or drive.
  • Do not take a risedronate tablet if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Actonel with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Actonel with the following:

  • Antacids
  • Calcium supplements
  • Laxatives such as Milk of Magnesia
Overdose

After taken Actonel if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of Actonel overdose include:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Tight muscles in your face
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Irritability
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior


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