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Please describe the medication: risedronate?

Please describe the medication: risedronate?

Treat osteoporosis: Risedronic acid (inn) or Risedronate Sodium (usan) is a bisphosphonate used to strengthen bone, treat or prevent osteoporosis, and treat paget's disease of bone. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Risedronate (Definition)

Risedronic acid (inn) or Risedronate Sodium (usan) is a bisphosphonate used to strengthen bone, treat or prevent osteoporosis, and treat ...Read more


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Please describe the medication: actonel (risedronate)?

Please describe the medication: actonel (risedronate)?

Osteoporosis treamen: Actonel (risedronate)belong to a group of drugs called bisphophonates, they are used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women mainly. They also have some other indications for the treament of other diseases such as paget's disease. ...Read more

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Should I take the new medication forteo? I have been taking actonel, (risedronate) my last bone density test showed I had 10 percent bone loss. I am afraid to take the drug because of the side effects. Is there something else I can take?

Should I take the new medication forteo? I have been taking actonel, (risedronate) my last bone density test showed I had 10 percent bone loss. I am afraid to take the drug because of the side effects. Is there something else I can take?

Actonel (risedronate): Actonel (risedronate) and Forteo are in a class of drugs called bisphonates. These drugs are very valuable in preventing fractures of bone due to progressive loss of bone density called osteoporosis. Yes the drugs have been associated with several significant side effects, but like any drug you need to weigh the benefits against these side effects. Spinal, hip and long bone fractures can have serious life altering effects on ones life, more serious than the side effects, so if you are at risk of fracture, which your bone scan indicates, then use of these drugs are justified. This is a conversation you need to be having with your physician since they know you better than anyone on this board can. They can review the risks and benefits to help you make a decision. ...Read more

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Is there a generic drug equivalent for Fosamax or actonel (risedronate)?

Is there a generic drug equivalent for Fosamax or actonel (risedronate)?

Yes & no: Fosamax is off patent - the generic is alendronate. Generics are absolutely as effective as the brand name. Actonel (risedronate) is still on patent. No generic form exists yet. ...Read more

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I am taking actonel, (risedronate) is there a liqud?

I am taking actonel, (risedronate) is there a liqud?

No: Irritating to esophagus, poorly absorbed drug, multiple interactions w/other meds to decrease absorption. Need to tkae on empty stomach, first thing in am, empty stomach, with 8 ounces water; don't eat, take meds, or lie down for 1/2 h afterwards. ...Read more

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I've been on actonel (risedronate) for 4 years now, when can I stop taking it?

I've been on actonel (risedronate) for 4 years now, when can I stop taking it?

Depends on density.: The duration of treatment with Actonel (risedronate) or similar drugs depends on the bone density. If osteoporosis is present the drugs are generally taken for 5 years. If there is only a mild amount of bone loss the drug might be stopped depending on specific factors. If there is estrogen deficiency or you are taking cortisone-like drugs Actonel (risedronate) would be needed to prevent bone loss. ...Read more

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Can I stop taking actonel (risedronate) after being on it for 4 years? What would happen?

Can I stop taking actonel (risedronate) after being on it for 4 years? What would happen?

Talk to your doctor: There is a trend to limiting the time that people take this kind of medicine, but there are other factors, including how severe your bone loss is, how it has responded to the actonel, (risedronate) other treatment options. See what your doctor is thinking. If you stop, you probably would not notice anything immediately, but osteoporosis is painless unless you break a bone. ...Read more

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Is risedronate used for paget's disease? Why?

Yes: Paget's disease of bone is associated with extremely rapid build up and breakdown of bone in affected areas. This leads to abnormal, enlarged and brittle bone. Risedronate slows down both the breakdown ad the build up and results in more normal appearing bone and can prevent some of the complications of paget's. ...Read more

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Is actonel (risedronate) good for osteoporosis?

Acto-no: In my experience the patented drudeveloped to improve the bine density scan have not proven to prevent bone fractires. In fact, the black box warning states that these drugs cause brittle bone and increases risk of fracture. The ultimate goal in medicine is to get clinical outcomes while doing no harm. Bio identical hormone replacement has been proven to both produce bone & and stop bone loss. ...Read more

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Does actonel (risedronate) exist in liquid form?

Actonel (risedronate): Ask your pharmacy if they can make it into liquid. A registered pharmacist could compound it for you. ...Read more

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Can actonel (risedronate) cause urine to be strong smelling?

Can actonel (risedronate) cause urine to be strong smelling?

No: Strong smelling urine is not a common nor a rare side effect of actonel (risedronate). ...Read more

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What is the difference between actonel (risedronate) and fossamax?

What is the difference between actonel (risedronate) and fossamax?

Similar, but differ: Both are bisphosphonate drugs, taken orally, which decrease bone breakdown by osteoclast cells, and therefore increase bone density ;#40;a marker of bone strength;#41;. Different dosing, but can be weekly or monthly for either in osteoporosis. Were used in tumors in or to bone-now drugs mostly given IV for that. Fosamax (alendronate) stays in the system and bone longer; was thought to be more GI irritating ;#40;maybe not;#41;. ...Read more

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Those are just side effects and to continue taking theeffects from taking actonel (risedronate)?

Actonel (risedronate): About which side effects of this drug are you speaking? Some side effects, if ignored, can become significant problems for some patients. Please provide more information. ...Read more

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My wife started taking actonel (risedronate) and is having really bad side effects. Are there any alternatives?

My wife started taking actonel (risedronate) and is having really bad side effects. Are there any alternatives?

Yes.: Your wife could be treated with prolia, a powerful medication which prevents bone loss and is not chemically related to actonel (risedronate). ...Read more

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Does the actonel (risedronate) affect the liver?

Does the actonel (risedronate) affect the liver?

No.: Actonel (risedronate) is not known to produce liver damage. ...Read more

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Which is better: actonel (risedronate) vs fosamax?

No difference: There is no such thing as "best" or "worst" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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Which is stronger: actonel (risedronate) or fosamax?

Which is stronger: actonel (risedronate) or fosamax?

Neither is: Really "stronger". There are slight differences depending upon what criteria you use, but both are very potent and very effective inhibitors of bone resorption. Both need to be taken as directed, and combined with adequate calcium and vitamin D3. ...Read more

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What is the difference between actonel, (risedronate) fosamax?

What is the difference between actonel, (risedronate) fosamax?

Similar, but differ: Both are bisphosphonate drugs, taken orally, which decrease bone breakdown by osteoclast cells, and therefore increase bone density (a marker of bone strength). Different dosing, but can be weekly or monthly for either in osteoporosis. Were used in tumors to or to bone-now drugs mostly given IV for that. Fosamax (alendronate) stays in the system and bone longer; was thought to be more GI irritating (maybe not). ...Read more

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Is the tablet actonel (risedronate) 35 mg considered a steroid?

Is the tablet actonel (risedronate) 35 mg considered a steroid?

No: Actonel (risedronate) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between actonel (risedronate) vs fosamax?

Similar, but differ: Both are bisphosphonate drugs, taken orally, which decrease bone breakdown by osteoclast cells, and therefore increase bone density (a marker of bone strength). Different dosing, but can be weekly or monthly for either in osteoporosis. Were used in tumors to or to bone-now drugs mostly given IV for that. Fosamax (alendronate) stays in the system and bone longer; was thought to be more GI irritating (maybe not). ...Read more

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What is the difference between actonel (risedronate) and fosamax?

What is the difference between actonel (risedronate) and fosamax?

Chemical structure: Actonel (risedronate) and Fosamax are drugs in the bisphosphonate family. They have similar but not identical structures. They produce similar benefits for osteoporosis patients. ...Read more

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Should I stay on actonel (risedronate) for bone loss?

Should I stay on actonel (risedronate) for bone loss?

Yes: Actonel is the brand name of risedronate one of a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates which help with the prevention and treatment of bone loss. If it is working and you do not develop any of the complications than you can use it for as long as you and your primary care deem necesarry. ...Read more