Actonel is a medication which is prescribed for the treatment of osteoporosis, slowing bone loss while simultaneously increasing bone mass. This dual effect may help prevent bone fractures. The treatment and prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is accomplished with Actonel. Actonel is also used for the treatment of Paget’s disease of the bone. The medication is administered as a yellow, white, orange, pink, or blue oblong pill imprinted with RSN and the mg amount.
What dosage is appropriate and how should Actonel be taken?
Actonel should be taken with a full glass of water at least half an hour prior to taking any food or drink other than water. For the best results, the patient should take Actonel while sitting or standing, and not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking it. If the patient also takes supplements which contain calcium, aluminum, or magnesium, they should not be taken with Actonel since they may interfere with its’ absorption.
Depending on which regimen the postmenopausal osteoporosis patient prefers, Actonel may be taken in one of several different ways: a 5mg tablet daily, or a 35mg tablet weekly, or a 75mg tablet taken for two consecutive days once per month, or one 150mg tablet monthly. Men with osteoporosis should take a 35mg tablet once per week. A patient with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis should take one 5mg tablet daily. The regimen for Paget’s disease consists of one 30mg tablet taken daily for 2 months.
What are the side effects?
As with many prescription medications, Actonel may have side effects. If you have an allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, you should seek medical attention immediately. Some serious side effects can be chest pain, difficulty or pain while swallowing, pain or burning under the ribs or in the back, new or worsening heartburn, severe pain in the bones, joints, or muscles, or pain, numbness, or swelling in the jaw. Less serious side effects could include mild heartburn or upset stomach, diarrhea, gas or constipation, mild joint or back pain, or headache.
Who should not take Actonel?
If you are unable to sit up or stand for at least 30 minutes, you should not take Actonel. Persons who have esophageal abnormalities such as stricture or achalasia should not take Actonel. If you have hypocalcemia or a known hypersensitivity to any component of Actonel, you should not take it.
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