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:

  1. Back pain Just over 25% of those using this drug report back pain.
  2. Burping
  3. Constipation
  4. Some patients have reported Abdominal (stomach) pain.
  5. Bladder infection (urinary tract infection or UTI) has sometimes been reported as an Actonel side effect.
  6. Diarrhea - is often reported when taking this drug. If you experience diarrhea, do contact your health care provider.
  7. Difficulty breathing
  8. Dizziness
  9. Dry mouth
  10. Dull, aching pains in the groin, hips or thighs
  11. Frequent need to urinate
  12. Gas
  13. Headache
  14. Hoarseness
  15. 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 medication.
  16. Joint pain Up to 23.7 percent of patients report joint pain.
  17. Loosening of the teeth
  18. Muscle spasms, twitching, or cramps
  19. Numbness or heavy feeling in the jaw
  20. Numbness or tingling around mouth or in hands or feet
  21. Painful or swollen gums
  22. Poor healing of the jaw
  23. Sensitivity to light
  24. Swelling: of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  25. Swollen, red, or painful eyes
  26. Weakness
  27. 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 gastro-intestinal irritation.
  28. 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 inflammation.

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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