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.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
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.
Risedronate should be taken with 6 to 8 ounces of plain water. Because food interferes with the absorption of risedronate, it should be taken first thing in the morning before anything is eaten or liquids consumed. Also, no food or drink should be taken for at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate. To avoid pills sticking and irritating the throat or esophagus, persons should not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate. It also should not be taken at the same time as iron supplements, vitamins with minerals, or antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or aluminum which reduce the absorption of risedronate.
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