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Actonel with Calcium

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Actonel with Calcium

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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

RISEDRONATE/CALCIUM - ORAL

(RIS-e-DROE-nate/KAL-see-um)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Actonel with Calcium

USES: This product contains two separate medications, risedronate and calcium.

Risedronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break (fracture) more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (e.g., prednisone) for long periods of time. This medication works by slowing bone loss to help maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of fractures. Risedronate belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates.

Calcium is a mineral needed to form healthy bones and to keep them strong. Calcium supplements are used to ensure an adequate intake of calcium in addition to the calcium you get from a well-balanced diet.

HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start this product and each time you get a refill. Follow the instructions very closely to maximize the amount of drug absorbed and reduce the risk of injury to your esophagus. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

This product package contains both risedronate and calcium tablets. Calcium can decrease the absorption of risedronate if taken within 30 minutes after it. The manufacturer has indicated on the package instructions to take risedronate and calcium on separate days to avoid this drug interaction.

For risedronate: Take this medication by mouth, usually once a week or as directed by your doctor. Take it after getting up for the day, before taking your first food, beverage or other medication. Do not take it at bedtime or while you are still in bed. Take this medication with a full glass (6-8 ounces or 180-240 milliliters) of plain water. Do not take it with any other beverages. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not chew or suck on it. Then stay fully upright (sitting, standing or walking) for at least 30 minutes, and do not lie down until after your first food of the day. Wait at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate before you eat or drink anything other than plain water and before taking any other medication by mouth.

Iron supplements, vitamins with minerals, antacids containing calcium/magnesium/aluminum, dairy products (e.g., milk, yogurt), and calcium-enriched juice may interfere with absorption of risedronate. Medications such as quinapril, certain forms of didanosine (chewable/dispersible buffered tablets or pediatric oral solution), sucralfate, and bismuth subsalicylate may also interfere with absorption. Do not take these products for at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate.

For calcium: Take the calcium in this product with food for best absorption, usually once daily except for the day you take risedronate, or as directed by your doctor. Calcium can interfere with the absorption of other drugs (e.g., levothyroxine, quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, tetracycline antibiotics, iron, estramustine). Consult your pharmacist for details on the proper times to take these medications to minimize this interaction.

Use this product regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of long-term use of this medication.

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