risedronate, Actonel, Atelvia (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Risedronate is used for the treatment of Paget's disease of bone (osteitis deformans), treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis in women, and treatment of osteoporosis in men. It also is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis caused by steroid medications (glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis).

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of risedronate are

Severe irritation of the esophagus (for example, esophagitis, esophageal ulcers, esophageal erosions) can occur. This occurs more often when patients do not drink enough water with risedronate, or do not wait 30 minutes before lying down. Rarely, patients may experience jaw problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) associated with delayed healing and infection after tooth extraction.



PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 5, 30, 35, and 150 mg. Tablets (Delayed release): 35 mg

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).


  • For post menopausal osteoporosis, 5 mg of risedronate is taken once daily, 35 mg is taken weekly or 150 mg is taken monthly.
  • Osteoporosis in men is treated with 35 mg weekly.
  • Paget's disease is treated with 30 mg daily for two months, and steroid-induced osteoporosis is treated with 5 mg daily.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/9/2015

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