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Actonel is also known generically as the medication Risedronate and can be prescribed for certain cases of bone loss. Risedronate works by maintaining bone density to help reduce the risk of fractures in cases of bone loss from osteoporosis, old age, menopause, and long term use of certain medications.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Actonel orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication should be taken in the morning before your first meal. After taking the medication remain upright for at least 30 minutes without eating or drinking anything other than water. After 30 minutes of taking Actonel you can have a meal and drink other liquids. This is to ensure the medication can be absorbed properly. Do not take this medication in the evening or if you are going to be lying down for an extended period of time.
For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Actonel. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to jaw bone problems, troubles swallowing, low blood calcium, inability to remain upright for at least 30 minutes, kidney disease, and stomach disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Actonel.
Taking Actonel can sometimes develop jaw bone problems. Schedule regular dental checks to ensure good dental health. Speak with your dentist about Actonel if you have any scheduled dental work.
Side effects for Actonel are: upset stomach, stomach pain, headache, flu symptoms, muscle pain, diarrhea, constipation, or joint or back pain.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Actonel?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if Actonel can be transmitted to the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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