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Actonel (Risedronic acid)

Description

Actonel is the brand name for the generic drug risedronate sodium. It is used in the treatment of Osteoporosis and Paget's disease. Postmenopausal, glucocorticoid-induced and osteoporosis in men are treated with Actonel. Actonel is available in strengths of 5 mg, 30 mg, 35 mg, 75 mg, and 150 mg. The 5 mg strength tablets are available in bottles of 30 and 2000. The 30 mg tablet is available in bottles of 30. The 35 mg tablets are available in packs of 4 and 12. The 75 mg tablet is available in packs of 2 and the 150 mg tablets are available in packs of 1 and 3.

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Recommendations

In the treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis the recommended dosage is 5 mg daily or 35 mg once a week, or 75 mg for two days in a month or 150 mg once a month. If you are taking 75 mg tablets they should be taken two consecutive days. The same dosages are also taken for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. In men to treat osteoporosis the recommended dosage is 35 mg once a week. In treating glucocorticoid induced osteoporosis 5 mg is recommended daily. For treating Pagetís disease the recommended dosage is 30 mg daily for about two months. Actonel should be taken as the first thing in the morning before you take any other food. It is advised to take this medication with plain water.

Precautions

Patients suffering from kidney disease, mouth ulcers, vitamin D deficiency and hypocalcemia should consult their doctor before taking up Actonel. It is necessary that they reveal it to their physician as a dosage adjustment might be necessary for such patients. During the first 30 minutes of taking the tablet do not lie down or recline. It is necessary that you do not crush or chew the tablet while you take it. During the first 30 minutes of taking this medication do not take any calcium, vitamins, or antacids. If you think you have taken overdose of this medicine take a full glass of milk and contact the emergency center. You can realize overdose through symptoms like stomach pain, diarrhea, muscle cramps, nausea, heartburn, and tightening of muscles in face.

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