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Actonel is the brand name of the generic drug Risedronate that can be prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Risedronate is classified as a bisphosphonate that slows down bone loss and helps reduce the risk of bone fracture.
Actonel is taken orally once a day. Take one dose in the morning before you take any other medications and before you have have your first meal. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water and make sure to not break apart or chew the medication. After taking the medication make sure the body remains upright for at least 30 minutes after which you can have your first meal.
To avoid complications do not take this medication in the evening when you are about to go to bed. Supplements like calcium, iron and vitamins with minerals may prevent the Risedronate from being absorbed into the body. Other supplements like antacids containing calcium and magnesium could interfere with how Risedronate is absorbed in the body.
Some medications can interact with Risedronate and it is advised to take them only after 30 minutes of having taken you morning dose of Rosedronate. Medication like quinapril, didanosine, sucralfate, and bismuth subsalicylate can prevent the absorption of Rosedronate.
Before deciding if Actonel is right for you speak with your doctor about past medical conditions especially if they concern the esophagus, low blood calcium levels, kidney or stomach diseases, and any condition that doesn't allow you remain upright for at least 30 minutes.
In some cases patients being treated with Actonel can experience jaw bone problems. Before starting treatment with Actonel have your doctor examine your mouth to ensure it is in good health. If you have pending dental work while taking Actonel make sure to speak with your dentist about your medication.
Some common side effects can include:
high blood pressure
More serious side effects can also include:
difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
stomach and duodenal ulcer
If any side effects become severe during treatment with Actonel contact your doctor or pharmacist for help with managing these side effects. If you experience any serious side effects contact your doctor for additional medical treatment.
Q: Can I take Actonel while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: This medication can effect the unborn baby and it is advised to not take Actonel while pregnant. There is not enough medical data to know if this medication can pass into the breast milk of the nursing mother, and it is advised to speak with your doctor on the risk of using Actonel while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store Actonel?
A: This medication should be stored in room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater and speak with a pharmacist on safe methods for disposing of unwanted or expired mediation.
Q: A family member has the same condition as me, can we share medication?
A: No, you should never share prescribed medication with anyone. Even if two people have the same condition, prescriptions can differ from person to person and could be harmful to someone else.
Q: I noticed there are different strengths of Actonel, which one do I chose?
A: Your doctor will have selected a particular dose of 5, 30, 35 or 150mg to treat your condition. Follow the prescription to purchase the exact dose strength of Actonel to ensure an effective treatment.
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