Pronunciation: ris ED roe nate
Brand: Actonel, Atelvia
35 mg, round, orange, imprinted with TEVA, 7389
5 mg, round, yellow, imprinted with TEVA, 7390
30 mg, round, white, imprinted with TEVA, 7391
35 mg, oval, white, imprinted with T21
30 mg, oval, white, imprinted with RSN, 30 MG
5 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with RSN, 5 MG
35 mg, oval, orange, imprinted with RSN, 35 MG
35 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with EC 35
150 mg, round, blue, imprinted with APO, RIS 150
30 mg, oblong, white, imprinted with 30MG, RSN
35 mg, octagonal, orange, orange, imprinted with RSN, 35 mg
5 mg, oblong, yellow, imprinted with 5 mg, RSN
150 mg, oval, blue, imprinted with RSN, 150 mg
30 mg, round, white, imprinted with M, 114
35 mg, round, orange, imprinted with M, 714
5 mg, round, beige, imprinted with M, 44
You should not take risedronate if you have problems with your esophagus, or low levels of calcium in your blood.
Do not take risedronate if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes after taking the medicine.
Risedronate can cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus. Stop using risedronate and call your doctor at once if you have chest pain, new or worsening heartburn, or pain when swallowing.
Also call your doctor if you have muscle spasms, numbness or tingling (in hands and feet or around the mouth), new or unusual hip pain, or severe pain in your joints, bones, or muscles.
Risedronate is used to treat osteoporosis caused by menopause, or steroid use. This medicine is for use when you have a high risk of bone fracture due to osteoporosis.
Risedronate is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.
Risedronate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take risedronate if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
Do not take risedronate if you cannot sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes. Risedronate can cause serious problems in the stomach or esophagus. You must stay upright for at least 30 minutes after taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
This medicine may cause jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis). The risk is highest in people with cancer, blood cell disorders, pre-existing dental problems, or people treated with steroids, chemotherapy, or radiation. Ask your doctor about your own risk.
Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Stop taking risedronate and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
You should not breastfeed while using risedronate.
Risedronate should not be given to a child younger than 18 years old.
Risedronate tablets come in different strengths (number of milligrams per pill) that are taken on different schedules. You may need to take a tablet once per day, once per week, once per month, or for 2 days in a row once per month.
Your dosing schedule will depend on why you are taking risedronate and in what tablet strength. If you change strengths, you may also need to change your schedule.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Risedronate is often given for only 3 to 5 years.
Take the Actonel tablet first thing in the morning with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of water, at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything or take any other medicine.
Take the Atelvia tablet just after breakfast, with at least 4 ounces of water.
Use only plain water when taking a risedronate tablet. Do not use coffee, tea, soda, juice, or mineral water.
Do not crush, chew, or suck on a risedronate tablet. Swallow it whole.
For at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate:
Take this medicine at the same time each day or on the same day each week or each month (depending on your dosing schedule).
Pay special attention to your dental hygiene while taking risedronate. Brush and floss your teeth regularly. If you need to have any dental work (especially surgery), tell the dentist ahead of time that you are using risedronate.
Risedronate is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet changes, exercise, bone mineral density testing, and taking calcium and vitamin supplements. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep unused effervescent tablets in the foil blister pack.
Once-daily dosing: If you forget to take risedronate first thing in the morning, do not take it later in the day. Wait until the following morning and skip the missed dose. Do not take two (2) doses in one day.
Once-per-week or once-per-month dosing: If you forget to take 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 or monthly schedule on your chosen dose day. Do not take 2 doses in one day.
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss more than 2 doses in a month.
Do not take two different brands or strengths of risedronate at the same time.
Avoid taking any other medicines for at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate. This includes vitamins, calcium, iron, antacids, or laxatives. Some medicines can make it harder for your body to absorb risedronate.
Avoid smoking, or try to quit. Smoking can reduce your bone mineral density, making fractures more likely.
Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol. Heavy drinking can also cause bone loss.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling).
Stop using risedronate and call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect risedronate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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