Actonel is an eminent medicine used in the management and prevention of osteoporosis. It is also useful in treating Paget's disease of bone, a condition in which bones may become brittle, distorted, and easily broken. Actonel is made up of generic medicine called Risedronate, belongs to bisphosphonates group of medicine. It causes changes in the bone formation and breakdown in the body. It prevents the loss of bone mass, which may prevent fractures.
Who should not use this medicine?
- The use of Actonel is contraindicated in case of hypocalcaemia or a trouble with the movement of muscles in the esophagus.
- If you're unable to sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes, then don't use this medicine.
- If you're suffering from angioedema, generalized rash, bullous skin reactions or Stevens-Johnson syndrome, then avoid using this medicine.
What other drugs will affect the efficacy of Actonel?
Some medicines can affect the therapeutic efficacy of Actonel such as Amikacin, Gentamicin, Tobramycin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Famotidine, Ranitidine, Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Lansoprazole, Omeprazole, Lenalidomide, and Pazopanib.
How should Actonel be used?
For preventing osteoporosis in women who are past menopause, the recommended dose of Actonel is 5 mg in a day or 35 mg of Actonel once a week, or 75 mg of Actonel orally, taken on two consecutive days for a total of two tablets each month or 150 mg of Actonel orally, taken once-a-month. For treating osteoporosis in men, a man has to take 35 mg of Actonel orally once a week. For treatment of Paget's disease, a patient has to take 30 mg of Actonel orally in a day for two months.
What side effects are possible with Actonel?
A patient can experience some side effects while using Actonel such as stomach pain or discomfort, rashes on the skin, difficulty in swallowing, belching, pain in the bone, dry mouth, dizziness, and headache.
Are there any other precautions for this medicine?
- This medicine may cause severe irritation of upper GIT if the symptoms get worse, then avoid using this medicine.
- You are also advised to take an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D along with this medicine.
- Osteonecrosis (bone loss in the jaw) may occur if is used for a longer duration, so don't use it for a longer period of time.
- Actonel should always be taken on an empty stomach.