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risedronate (Actonel, Actonel with Calcium, Atelvia)

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Medical Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Osteoporosis Slideshow Pictures Super Foods for Your Bones Slideshow Pictures Take the Osteoporosis Quiz GENERIC NAME: risedronateBRAND NAME: Actonel, Actonel with Calcium, Atelvia

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

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 include:

Headache Joint pain Diarrhea Abdominal pain Rash Indigestion Constipation High blood pressure Nausea

Other less common side effects include:

Flulike syndrome Depression Chest pain Dizziness pharyngitis rhinitis

Possible serious side effects include:

Diaphyseal femur Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) Esophageal cancer Esophageal ulcer Femur fracture Stomach and duodenal ulcer Osteonecrosis

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.

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