Risedronate is used in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.
Actonel (Risedronate) alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body.Actonel (Risedronate) slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures. Actonel (Risedronate) is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in men and women and is also used to treat Pagets bone disease. It is similar to Fosamax and Boniva and is taken as a once a week dose or everyday dose.
The most common side effects of risedronate are headache, joint pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain, rash, high blood pressure, and nausea. 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.
Risedronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for long periods of time.This medication works by slowing bone loss to help maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures). Risedronate belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates.