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USES: This medication is used to treat bone disease (Paget's disease). It reduces bone pain and may prevent long-term complications. This drug may also be used for other bone problems (e.g., osteoporosis).
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This medication is used to treat bone disease (Paget's disease). It reduces bone pain and may prevent long-term complications. This drug may also be used for other bone problems (e.g., osteoporosis).
- Do not share this medication with others.
- Laboratory or medical tests will be performed to monitor your progress.
- Store at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Actonel with Calcium
Actonel (risedronate) 5 mg
Actonel® 35 mg.
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is given by mouth once daily, generally for 2 months, as directed by your doctor.
- Depending on your condition and response to treatment, future re- treatments may be necessary.
- Take this medication at least 30 minutes before the first food or drink of the day.
- To minimize the stomach side effects, take this medication while in an upright position with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces/180 to 240 ml) of water.
- Avoid lying down for 30 minutes after taking this.
- Calcium or iron supplements, sucralfate, vitamins with minerals, milk, as well as antacids containing calcium, magnesium or aluminum may interfere with the absorption of this medication.
- Take these products at least 2 hours after taking risedronate.
- It is important to take the other medications prescribed for your condition (e.g., calcium supplements and Vitamin D) as directed by your doctor.
- Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, headache and dizziness may occur.
- If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
- Report promptly flu-like symptoms (e.g., fatigue, fever, aches), weakness, chest or stomach pain, pain when swallowing, leg or ankle swelling, joint pain or bone pain.
- Unlikely but report promptly unusual fatigue, vision changes or ringing in the ears.
- In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
- If you notice other side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, including kidney conditions, low calcium levels (hypocalcemia), trouble swallowing, stomach or esophagus disorders (e.g., ulcers, esophagitis) and any allergies.
- Limit alcohol intake, as it may aggravate certain side effects of this drug (e.g., dizziness).
- Caution is advised when performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving).
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk.
- Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not double the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially aspirin and NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen); iron supplements, vitamins with minerals, sucralfate; antacids (especially those containing calcium, magnesium or aluminum) or calcium supplements.
- Check the label on all nonprescription pain relievers, as they may contain pain relievers/fever reducers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen.
- Consult your pharmacist if you are uncertain.
- This medication may interfere with certain medical tests.
- Make sure that laboratory and medical personnel know that you are using this drug.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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