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Actonel (Risedronate)

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Generic Actonel (Risedronate) is in a group of medicines called bisphosphonates (bis FOS fo nayts). It alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body.

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What is Generic Actonel (Risedronate)?
Generic Actonel (Risedronate) is in a group of medicines called bisphosphonates (bis FOS fo nayts). It alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. It slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.Generic Actonel (Risedronate) is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in men and women. Generic Actonel (Risedronate) is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.Generic Actonel (Risedronate) may also be used for other purposes not listed. 

It is available in 35mg,75mg & 150mg tablests

Important information about Generic Actonel (Risedronate)
Do not take a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes. Generic Actonel (Risedronate) can cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). You will need to stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.Take the Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything or take any other medicine.Take each dose with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of water. Use only plain water (not mineral water) when taking a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet. For at least the first 30 minutes after taking a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet, do not lie down or recline; do not eat or drink anything other than plain water; and do not take any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids.Some people using medicines similar to Generic Actonel (Risedronate) have developed bone loss in the jaw, also called osteonecrosis of the jaw. Symptoms of this condition may include jaw pain, swelling, numbness, loose teeth, gum infection, or slow healing after injury or surgery involving the gums. You may be more likely to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw if you have cancer or have been treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or steroids. Other conditions associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw include blood clotting disorders, anemia (low red blood cells), and pre-existing dental problems.Generic Actonel (Risedronate) is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet changes, exercise, and taking calcium and vitamin supplements. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Generic Actonel (Risedronate)?
Do not take a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes. Generic Actonel (Risedronate) can cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). You will need to stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.Before using Generic Actonel (Risedronate), tell your doctor if you have:low blood calcium (hypocalcemia);a vitamin D deficiency;kidney disease; oran ulcer in your stomach or esophagus.If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.Some people using medicines similar to Generic Actonel (Risedronate) have developed bone loss in the jaw, also called osteonecrosis of the jaw. Symptoms of this condition may include jaw pain, swelling, numbness, loose teeth, gum infection, or slow healing after injury or surgery involving the gums.You may be more likely to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw if you have cancer or have been treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or steroids. Other conditions associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw include blood clotting disorders, anemia (low red blood cells), and dental surgery or pre-existing dental problems.FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Generic Actonel (Risedronate) passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. 

How should I take Generic Actonel (Risedronate)?
Take Generic Actonel (Risedronate) exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablets come in different strengths (number of milligrams per pill). Some tablets are taken once each day or once each week. The stronger tablets may be taken only 1 or 2 times each month. Your dosing schedule will depend on the tablet strength your doctor has prescribed. If you change tablet strengths, you may also need to change your schedule. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Your dosing schedule will depend on the tablet strength your doctor has prescribed. If you change tablet strengths, you may also need to change your schedule. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take the Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything or take any other medicine. If you take a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet only once a week, take it on the same day each week and always first thing in the morning.Take each Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of water. Use only plain water (not mineral water) when taking a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet. Do not crush, chew, or suck the Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet. Swallow the pill whole. After taking a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet, carefully follow these instructions:Do not lie down or recline for at least 30 minutes after taking Generic Actonel (Risedronate). Do not eat or drink anything other than plain water. Do not take any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids for at least 30 minutes after taking Generic Actonel (Risedronate). It may be best to take your other medicines at a different time of the day. Talk with your doctor about the best dosing schedule for your other medicines. To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your bone mineral density will need to be tested on a regular basis. It is important that you not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.Generic Actonel (Risedronate) is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet changes, exercise, and taking calcium and vitamin supplements. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.Store Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat. 

What happens if I miss a dose?
If you take Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablets once daily: If you forget to take this medicine first thing in the morning, do not take it later in the day. Wait until the following morning to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take two (2) tablets in one day.If you take Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablets once a week, or once or twice per month: If you forget to take Generic Actonel (Risedronate) on your scheduled day, take it first thing in the morning on the day after you remember the missed dose. Then return to your regular weekly schedule on your chosen dose day. Do not take two (2) tablets in one day.

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Drink a full glass of milk and call your local poison control center or emergency room right away. Do not make yourself vomit and do not lie down. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, muscle cramps, numbness or tingling, tight muscles in your face, seizure (convulsions), irritability, and unusual thoughts or behavior.

What should I avoid while taking Generic Actonel (Risedronate)?
Do not take any other medicines including vitamins, calcium, or antacids for at least 30 minutes after taking an Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after you take a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet. 

Side effects of Generic Actonel (Risedronate) 

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Generic Actonel (Risedronate) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: chest pain;difficulty or pain when swallowing;pain or burning under the ribs or in the back;new or worsening heartburn;severe joint, bone, or muscle pain; orjaw pain, numbness, or swelling.Less serious side effects may include:mild heartburn or stomach upset;diarrhea, gas, or constipation;mild joint or back pain; orheadache.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. 

What other drugs will affect Generic Actonel (Risedronate)?
Antacids, supplements, or medicines that contain aluminum, calcium, magnesium, or other minerals can interfere with how your body absorbs Generic Actonel (Risedronate). If you use these other medicines, do not that take them for at least 30 minutes after taking a Generic Actonel (Risedronate) tablet.Before using Generic Actonel (Risedronate), tell your doctor if you also use aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), diflunisal (Dolobid), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), indomethacin, ketoprofen (Orudis), ketorolac (Toradol), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene), and others.

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