Actonel (Risedronate) ®
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Actonel Generic Name: RISEDRONATE (ris-ED-roe-nate)
Actonel Drug Manufacturer: PROCTER & GAMBLE PHARM
Common Uses of Actonel:
Actonel (Risedronate) is a bisphosphonate used to treat Paget's disease.
Follow the directions for taking Actonel (Risedronate) provided by your doctor. In order for Actonel (Risedronate) to work, it is important to take it once a day, every day. SWALLOW WHOLE. Do not break, crush, chew, or suck on the Actonel (Risedronate) tablet before swallowing. TAKE Actonel (Risedronate) with 6 to 8 ounces of PLAIN WATER ONLY the first thing in the morning, at least 30 minutes before eating, drinking, or taking any other medicine unless
otherwise directed by your doctor. If your doctor instructs you to take Actonel (Risedronate) differently, be sure to follow all instructions for eating, drinking, and taking antacids or other medicine. This medicine is effective only if taken on an empty stomach. DO NOT LIE DOWN for at least 30 minutes after taking Actonel (Risedronate). Calcium or iron supplements, vitamins, or antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or aluminum may interfere with the absorption of this medicine.
Take these products or any other medicines at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate. STORE Actonel (Risedronate) at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Actonel (Risedronate), skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
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It is important to have enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have questions about your diet or about taking dietary supplements with calcium or vitamin D. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using Actonel (Risedronate). IF YOU HAVE ANY TYPE OF SURGERY and cannot sit or stand upright following surgery, check with your doctor before continuing Actonel (Risedronate). BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING
ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any medicines which contain aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Actonel (Risedronate) IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Actonel (Risedronate), check with your doctor or pharmacist to
discuss the risks to your baby.
Actonel Side Effects:
Actonel SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking Actonel (Risedronate) include fever, chills, stomach pain, joint pain, headache, nausea, or diarrhea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience painful swallowing or severe heartburn. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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