Actonel with Calcium
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Actonel with Calcium
Actonel with Calcium
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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain, new or unusual hip/thigh/groin pain, jaw pain, eye/vision problems, symptoms of a kidney stone (e.g., lower abdominal/back/side pain, frequent urination, blood in the urine, fever/chills).
Risedronate may infrequently cause irritation and ulcers in your stomach or esophagus. Seek immediate attention if any of these serious side effects occur: new/severe/worsening heartburn, chest pain, difficult or painful swallowing, severe stomach/abdominal pain, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Actonel with Calcium (risedronate sodium with calcium carbonate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking risedronate with calcium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to either of these drugs; or to other bisphosphonates (e.g., alendronate, etidronate, pamidronate); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This product should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have the following conditions: low or high blood calcium levels (hypocalcemia or hypercalcemia), inability to sit upright or stand for at least 30 minutes, severe kidney disease.
Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: esophagus problems (e.g., esophageal stricture, achalasia), difficult or painful swallowing, kidney problems (e.g., kidney stones), stomach/intestinal disorders (e.g., ulcers).
Infrequently, people taking this class of medication (bisphosphonates) have had serious jawbone problems (osteonecrosis). Lack of proper dental hygiene, poorly fitting dentures, or certain dental procedures (such as tooth extraction, dental surgery) may increase your risk. Medical conditions (such as gum disease/infection, cancer, anemia) might also increase the risk. If you develop jaw pain, tell your doctor and dentist immediately.
Before having any surgery (especially dental procedures), tell your doctor and dentist about this medication and all other products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Your doctor or dentist may tell you to stop taking this medication before your surgery. Ask for specific instructions about stopping or starting this medication.
Caution is advised if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the future. Risedronate may stay in your body for many years. Its effects on an unborn baby are not known. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before starting treatment with risedronate.
It is not known if risedronate passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Additional Actonel with Calcium Information
- Actonel with Calcium Drug Interactions Center: risedronate-calcium oral
- Actonel with Calcium Side Effects Center
- Actonel with Calcium in detail including Side Effects and Drug Images
- Actonel with Calcium Overview including Precautions
- Actonel with Calcium FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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