Atelvia (Risedronate)

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What is Atelvia (Risedronate) prescribed for?

Risedronate, the active ingredient in the medication known as Atelvia, is known to be used to prevent, and treat certain types of bone loss in adults, such as osteoporosis. Which is known as the thinning of bones and it can result in painful fractures.

Osteoporosis is known to make your bones thinner, and allows them to break much easier.  Most have a chance at developing osteoporosis later in life, at an older age, after menopause in women, and for those that are taking corticosteroid medication for long periods of time.

This medication works by slowing down bone loss. This effect helps maintaining strong and sturdy bones and helps reduce the risk of broken bones or fractures in the future.

Read any information given to you if available. And if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, then please consult with your doctor.

This medication is to be taken orally, with or immediately after breakfast as directed by your doctor. It is usually taken once a week. Choose a day of the week that fits well within your schedule and take the medication on that day, every week.  Do not take it at bedtime, or while you are still in bed.

Take this medicine with at least a half glass of water. Do not take other beverages with this medication. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, bite or suck on it. Once taken, stay in a upright position (sitting, standing or walking), do not lie down for at least 30 minutes.

Before taking this medication, notify your doctor if you are allergic to Risedronate. Or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which may cause allergic reactions and other problems.

Before using this medication, inform you doctor of your medical history, especially if you have experienced any of the following; kidney disease, inability to sit upright or stand for 30 minutes, low level of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia), disorders of the esophagus (such as esophageal stricture or achalasia), difficult or painful swallowing, stomach/intestinal disorders (such as ulcers).

Some people taking risedronate may have serious jawbone problems. Your doctor should check your mouth before you start this medication. Tell your dentist that you are taking this medication before you have any dental work done. To help prevent jawbone problems, have regular dental exams and learn how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you have jaw pain, tell your doctor and dentist right away.

Stomach/abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Notify your doctor right away if you start experiencing the following; increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain, new or unusual hip/thigh/groin pain, jaw pain, eye/vision problems.

This medication may rarely cause irritation and ulcers in your stomach or esophagus. Get medical help right away if any of these serious side effects occur: new/severe/worsening heartburn, chest pain, painful/difficult swallowing, severe stomach/abdominal pain, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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