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Bonsity vs. Actonel

Reviewed on 10/24/2019

Are Bonsity and Actonel the Same Thing?

Bonsity (teriparatide injection) and Actonel (risedronate sodium) are used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in men and women.

Bonsity is specifically used in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture; and in men with primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis at high risk for fracture; and for treatment of men and women with osteoporosis associated with sustained systemic glucocorticoid therapy at high risk for fracture.

Actonel is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.

Bonsity and Actonel belong to different drug classes. Bonsity is a parathyroid hormone analog (PTH 134) and Actonel is a bisphosphonate.

Side effects of Bonsity and Actonel that are similar include joint pain, headache, diarrhea, and constipation.

Side effects of Bonsity that are different from Actonel include body pain, nausea, runny nose, dizziness, indigestion, cough, and sore throat.

Side effects of Actonel that are different from Bonsity include stomach pain, flu symptoms, muscle pain, and back pain.

Bonsity may interact with digoxin.

Actonel may interact with antacids, supplements, or medicines that contain aluminum, calcium, magnesium. Other minerals can interfere with how your body absorbs Actonel.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Bonsity?

Common side effects of Bonsity include:

  • joint pain,
  • body pain,
  • nausea,
  • runny nose,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • indigestion,
  • cough, and
  • sore throat

What Are Possible Side Effects of Actonel?

Common side effects of Actonel include:

  • upset stomach
  • stomach pain
  • headache
  • flu symptoms
  • muscle pain
  • diarrhea, constipation, or
  • joint or back pain

What Is Bonsity?

Bonsity (teriparatide injection) is a parathyroid hormone analog (PTH 1- 34) indicated for treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture; to increase bone mass in men with primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis at high risk for fracture; and for treatment of men and women with osteoporosis associated with sustained systemic glucocorticoid therapy at high risk for fracture.

What Is Actonel?

Actonel (risedronate sodium) is a bisphosphonate used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in men and women, and is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.

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What Drugs Interact With Bonsity?

Bonsity may interact with digoxin. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Bonsity is not recommended for use during pregnancy; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. It is unknown if Bonsity passes into breast milk. Because of a possible potential for osteosarcoma, breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with Bonsity.

What Drugs Interact With Actonel?

Actonel may interact with antacids, supplements, or medicines that contain aluminum, calcium, magnesium. Other minerals can interfere with how your body absorbs this drug. It may also interact with aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Caution is advised if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the future. This medication may stay in your body for many years. Its effects on a fetus are not known. Consult your doctor. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Bonsity Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Bonsity is 20 mcg subcutaneously once a day. Bonsity may interact with digoxin.

How Should Actonel Be Taken?

Dosage of Actonel depends on the condition being treated.

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References
FDA. Bonsity Drug Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2019/211939s000lbl.pdf

Allergan. Actonel Product Information.

http://www.actonel.com/
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