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Risedronate tablets and delayed-release (long-acting tablets) are used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods). Risedronate tablets are also used to treat osteoporosis in men, and in men and women who are taking glucocorticoids (a type of corticosteroid medication that may cause osteoporosis). Risedronate tablets are also used to treat Paget's disease of bone (a condition in which the bones are soft and weak and may be deformed, painful, or easily broken). Risedronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. It works by preventing bone breakdown and increasing bone density (thickness). Risedronate (Generic) is available in addition to the brand name.
Use Actonel (risedronate) as ordered by your doctor. Read all the information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away. Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following side effects, call your doctor immediately before you take any more risedronate:
Risedronate may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication. Taking a bisphosphonate medication such as risedronate for osteoporosis may increase the risk that you will break your thigh bone(s). You may feel pain in your hips, groin, or thighs for several weeks or months before the bone(s) break, and you may find that one or both of your thigh bones have broken even though you have not fallen or experienced other trauma. It is unusual for the thigh bone to break in healthy people, but people who have osteoporosis may break this bone even if they do not take risedronate. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking risedronate.
Why is Actonel prescribed?
This medication is used to treat Paget's disease and to prevent or treat soft, brittle bones
What if I miss a dose of Actonel?