RISEDRONATE (ris ED roe nate) reduces calcium loss from bones. It helps make healthy bone and to slow bone loss in patients with Paget's disease and osteoporosis. It may be used in others at risk for bone loss.
You must take this medication exactly as directed or you will lower the amount of medicine you absorb into your body or you may cause your self harm. Take this medicine by mouth first thing in the morning, after you are up for the day. Do not eat or drink anything before you take this medicine. Swallow the tablets with a full glass (6 to 8 fluid ounces) of plain water. Do not take the tablets with any other drink. Do not chew or crush the tablet. After taking this medicine, do not eat breakfast, drink, or take any other medicines or vitamins for at least 30 minutes. Stand or sit up for at least 30 minutes after you take this medicine; do not lie down. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue
black or tarry stools
changes in vision
heartburn or stomach pain
jaw pain, especially after dental work
pain or difficulty when swallowing
redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
bone, muscle, or joint pain
changes in taste
diarrhea or constipation
eye pain or itching
nausea or vomiting
stomach gas or fullness
antacids like aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide
NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
vitamins with minerals
If you miss a dose, do not take it later in the day. Take your normal dose the next morning. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
esophagus, stomach, or intestine problems, like acid reflux or GERD
low blood calcium
problems sitting or standing for 30 minutes
an unusual or allergic reaction to risedronate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medicine. Your doctor or health care professional may order blood tests and other tests to see how you are doing.
You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine, unless your doctor tells you not to. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Some people who take this medicine have severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain. This medicine may also increase your risk for a broken thigh bone. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain in your upper leg or groin. Tell your doctor if you have any pain that does not go away or that gets worse.