ACTONEL tablets 30mg 28
ACTONEL tablets 30mg 28

ACTONEL tablets 30mg 28

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Contains: RISEDRONATE SODIUM 30mg

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Why do I need this medicine?
Risedronate is used to strengthen thin and weak bones in people who have or are at risk of osteoporosis. It helps to stop the loss of bone and also helps to increase bone mass.

Risedronate is also used to treat Paget's disease, a painful bone condition which can cause abnormal bone growth and deformity. Risedronate helps to regulate the growth of bone in Paget's disease.

How do I take this medicine?
Take Risedronate exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Risedronate must be taken regularly for it to work well. You may need to take Risedronate for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Continue taking Risedronate even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.

Take Risedronate first thing in the morning, when you get out of bed. Take it with a full glass of plain water on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first drink or food of the day. Do not take Risedronate with any milk or any other drink or food besides plain water. Do not take it at the same time as any other medication.

Take Risedronate in an upright position - either sitting or standing. Do not swallow it while lying down. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking it. Do not eat or drink anything except plain water during this 30 minutes.

Do not take Risedronate at bedtime or before getting up for the day.

Swallow it whole. Do not suck, chew or crush it.

There are 2 types of Risedronate available - one type is to be taken everyday, while the other type is to be taken only once a week.

If you are taking the Once Daily type, take it at about the same time everyday.

If you are taking the Once-a-Week type, take it on the same day each week.

Your doctor will advise you about which type you will take. Make sure you understand how often you need to take Risedronate. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

It is important to follow these instructions carefully. Risedronate may cause severe irritation to the gullet (food pipe) and stomach if not taken exactly as instructed. Taking Risedronate in the manner described here will help to minimise any gastric irritation that it may cause. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
If you are taking Risedronate everyday, take the missed dose the next morning and return to your normal daily dosing schedule.

If you are taking Risedronate only once a week, take the missed dose the next morning and return to your usual once-a-week dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not take Risedronate if you are pregnant. Risedronate can cause harm to the unborn baby. Use effective birth control methods while being treated with Risedronate.

Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Risedronate.

Alert your doctor if you are taking other similar medicines such as pamidronate, alendronate, clodronate or zoledronate.

Alert your doctor if you:

- cannot sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes
- have low levels of calcium in your blood
- have difficulty swallowing
- have diseases of the gullet (food pipe)

Do not take Risedronate at bedtime or before getting up for the day.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you:

- have kidney disease or kidney stones
- have gastric problems such as gastritis, heartburn (reflux), stomach ulcers
- have bowel inflammation
- are undergoing treatment for cancer

If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, always inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Risedronate.

Risedronate may cause your jaw bones to weaken. You may experience dental problems such as jaw pain, loose or shaky teeth. Avoid dental surgery while being treated with Risedronate. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene while being treated with Risedronate. Your doctor may recommend that you have a dental check-up before starting you on this medicine. Alert your doctor and dentist if you:
- develop a tooth infection
- develop pain, numbness or discomfort in your teeth or gums
- have a tooth extraction

Ensure that you take enough calcium and vitamin D while being treated with Risedronate. Your doctor will advise you about how much of these supplements to take.

You should also include the following lifestyle changes to further reduce the risk of osteoporosis:

- regular exercise
- reduce intake of alcohol
- stop smoking

What side effects could I experience?
Risedronate may cause irritation or ulcers in your gullet (food pipe). To minimise this problem, drink a full glass of plain water with the tablet and ensure that you wait at least 30 minutes before lying down after taking your tablet.

Other common side effects of Risedronate include flu-like symptoms, heartburn (reflux), indigestion, nausea, vomiting, bloating, flatulence (wind), constipation or diarrhoea, headache, stomach pain, back pain, as well as pain of the muscle, bone or joints.

Alert your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or refuse to go away.

Other side effects are less common but may be more serious. You may need immediate medical attention. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:

- difficulty swallowing
- severe heartburn (reflux)
- severe gastric pain
- chest pain
- eye pain or loss of vision
- allergic reactions such as severe or persistent rash, swelling of the face, breathlessness

Can I take this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:

- medicines which contain magnesium, calcium, phosphate or iron, such as multivitamins
- antacids
- painkillers of the NSAIDS type for example aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac

You should wait for at least 30 minutes after taking Risedronate before taking any other medicines or supplements.

Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.


Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol.

You should take Risedronate with a full glass of plain water. Do not take it with mineral water, coffee, tea or juice.
Do not take any food, milk products, beverages or medicines within 30 minutes of taking Risedronate. These will reduce the amount of Risedronate absorbed into your body.

How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.


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