Actonel side effects | Risendronate side effects
Actonel side effects (Risedronate side effects )
If your health care provider has prescribed this drug, do read
about its potential side effects. There have been a number of side
effects reported in medical literature. As you read these, and you are
experiencing any of them since taking this medication, do contact your
health care provider.
Some people experience no side effects. Others do have side effects and they range from the merely inconvenient to very serious. Here is a list of the most common ones:
- Back pain Just over 25% of those using this drug report back pain.
- Some patients have reported Abdominal (stomach) pain.
- Bladder infection (urinary tract infection or UTI) has sometimes been reported as an Actonel side effect.
- Diarrhea - is often reported when taking this drug. If you experience diarrhea, do contact your health care provider.
- Difficulty breathing
- Dry mouth
- Dull, aching pains in the groin, hips or thighs
- Frequent need to urinate
- Irritation of esophagus - a sort of 'burning'.
This can happen if the medication touches the interior of your
esophagus when you swallow it. Using a greater quantity of water
sometimes alleviates the condition. If it continues, do contact your
health care provider since it could be that you should use a different
- Joint pain Up to 23.7 percent of patients report joint pain.
- Loosening of the teeth
- Muscle spasms, twitching, or cramps
- Numbness or heavy feeling in the jaw
- Numbness or tingling around mouth or in hands or feet
- Painful or swollen gums
- Poor healing of the jaw
- Sensitivity to light
- Swelling: of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Swollen, red, or painful eyes
- If you are taking NSAIDS (nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug therapy also, there may upper gastro-intestinal
tract toxicity. Note that a study done in 2001 showed that Actonel
(Risedronate ) was more tolerable than Fosamax (alendronate) by women
who had discontinued the use of Fosamax ( alendronate) because of
- As early as 2006 there was a study published in Drug Safety
“Ophthalmologic events in patients receiving risedronate: summary of
information gained from follow up in a prescription-event monitoring
study in England concluded in part that: “Patients receiving risedronate
can present with a variety of signs and symptoms affecting the eye with
different degrees of severity. Patients may present after the first
month of treatment. “Dry eye, sore eye and conjunctivitis were the
most frequently reported events; there were also some incidents of eye
Since Actonel ( Risedronate ) is a bisphosphonate,
there are of course, some concerns about Osteonecrosis or ‘dead jaw’ a
side effect that has begun to surface as a side effect of this group of
drugs. You can read summaries of some Osteonecrosis studies at Actonel side effects
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Page revised: 2014
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