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This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 020835/001.

Names and composition

"ACTONEL" is the commercial name of a drug composed of RISEDRONATE SODIUM.

Forms

ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght
020835/001 ACTONEL RISEDRONATE SODIUM TABLET/ORAL 30MG
020835/002 ACTONEL RISEDRONATE SODIUM TABLET/ORAL 5MG
020835/003 ACTONEL RISEDRONATE SODIUM TABLET/ORAL 35MG
020835/004 ACTONEL RISEDRONATE SODIUM TABLET/ORAL 75MG **Federal Register determination that product was not discontinued or withdrawn for safety or efficacy reasons**
020835/005 ACTONEL RISEDRONATE SODIUM TABLET/ORAL 150MG

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Answered questions

What does ACTONEL 35MG do for you?
I heard it was Black Listed. Is this true? I also heard it can stay in your body for 50 years? Asked by Michael Mondaine 2 years ago.

Actonel is a aledronate. Alendronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are used for treating osteoporosis (reduced density of bone that leads to fractures) and bone pain from diseases such as metastatic breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and Paget's disease. Bone is in a constant state of remodeling. New bone is laid down by cells called osteoblasts while old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts. Bisphosphonates strengthen bone by inhibiting bone removal (resorption) by osteoclasts. After menopause, there is an increased rate of bone loss leading to osteoporosis, and alendronate has been shown to increase bone density and decrease fractures of bones. It's only been in the market for about 10-15 yrs. So I don't think anyone can say with certainty that it has no long term complication or that it will stay in your body for 50yr. EDIT: I just double checked. The drug does not have a black box warning on it. Answered by Pansy Surra 2 years ago.


Is Actonel a harmone replacemnet drug?
Asked by Lynne Obando 2 years ago.

Actonel is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Risedronate has an affinity for hydroxyapatite crystals in the bone and acts as an antiresorptive agent. At the cellular level, risedronate inhibits osteoclasts. The osteoclasts adhere normally to the bone surface but show evidence of reduced active resorption (eg, lack of ruffled border). In plain English, the drug binds to a natural part of the bone. You have cells that break down bone for turnover (osteoclasts-think of as bone destroyers). The drug reduces activity of the bone destroyers and you have more bone since it wasn't broken down in the first place. There are cells called osteoblasts-bone builders. In a normal person, these two should work in harmony and there should be no appreciable gain or loss. Obviously the builders have more activity in young children and the destroyers have more activity in elderly women. (Typically at least) Answered by Danille Angeline 2 years ago.

No. Actonel is not a hormone. It's better for preventing broken bones than hormone replacement therapy, but it doesn't relieve the symptoms of the menopause like HRT does. Good places to look up this kind of question would be www.drugs.com or www.patient.co.uk Answered by Carol Dufresne 2 years ago.


Does the actonel (risedronate) have effects on the liver?
I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver... Asked by Loretta Ballmer 2 years ago.

I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver enzymes are elevated. I took 3 blood test for the past 5 month and my doctor said my liver enzymes are slowly elevating, so now they decided to do a liver biopsy. The doctor say all my other liver readings normal except for my liver enzymes. Answered by Georgene Goldware 2 years ago.

Actonel has no effects on Liver enzymes. Liver biopsy is to rule out rejection after Liver transplant and it is done to to know type of rejection.( Whether it is 'T' Cell mediated type or Antibody-mediated rejection (Anti-HLA- donor-specific antibody). Treatment varies according to the type. In case of chronic rejection, immunosuppressive medication for rest of life is mandatory. **************************************... (T-Cell mediated,Antibody mediated - Type of rejection according to the mechanism involved. Hyperacute,Acute,Chronic - Type of rejection according to the time period after transplant- Hyperacute-within minutes of transplantation Acute-first 6 to 12 months after transplantation Chronic - after 12 months) Answered by Trang Mcdargh 2 years ago.

Your transplant doctors are going to have to figure this one out. No one here will be able to diagnose you. Getting a biopsy done is the best test possible to figure out what is going on. Good luck to you. I also had a liver transplant 6 years ago. Answered by Jeanie Alder 2 years ago.

It is hard to know what the cause is. Could be rejection, could be medicine related. Don't know in your situation. Answered by Corey Debraga 2 years ago.


Why actonel can't be taken with juice, tea etc. but ONLY plain water?
Why?? Thanks. Asked by Domenica Klapec 2 years ago.

Thats because Actonel (Risedronate) is VERY touchy when it comes to absorption. There are drugs (most in my opinion) that should be taken on an empty stomach or they won't get absorbed, and can be taken with just about any liquid. There are also drugs that are so sensitive not only must they be taken on an empty stomach, but with water only. ( Another drug like this that I can think of is levothyroxine). The problem with Risedronate (or any of the other phosphonate calcium scavengers) is it binds tenaciously to any mineral ion around it, such as iron, magnesium, aluminum or calcium. Being that there are many sports drinks with minerals in them, and milk is just *loaded* with calcium (probably the worst thing you could take), that just about leaves you with water as a safe bet. I can't think of why you couldn't take it with tea (are there minerals in tea??) but I wouldn't fool around. Stick with water, and of course absolutely no food with the pill. Source: I am a pharmacist.. Answered by Julian Schap 2 years ago.


My doctor reccomends I take Actonel for my early osteoporosis. Is it any good? Will it really help me?
Asked by Marlen Housden 2 years ago.

Actonel is one of the first meds used for osteoporosis (other than Calcium); it has proven itself very well. Now for the specifics. Is your Bone Density score -2.0 to -2.5? If less than -2.0 (in number but more in value) you might have osteopenia. Whether it help you or not can not be predicted. Answered by Dominique Palmisano 2 years ago.

Just stop eating all red meats and pork. Eat more fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Drink only organic fruit juices and pure bottled water. Stop eating junk foods. Stop drinking the number one cause of osteoporosis in women and men all over the world, sodas. Heal yourself without paying a doctor or taking drugs. Your diet will help you get better, by purifying your liver and kidneys by eating more healthy foods and cutting out bad foods. The doctors' don't want you to know this, because they don't get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies unless you buy drugs and more drugs. Answered by Luci Sebastian 2 years ago.


Actonel poisoning?
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis.I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I... Asked by Avril Burchell 2 years ago.

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis. I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I was unable to keep anything down for four days. In addition to all that unpleasantness, I displayed symptoms so severe that my husband thought I was having a stroke. It was -- is -- terrifying for my family (and me). It's now been six days, and I'm finally beginning to feel like I did before the poisoning (well, what else to call it?). Please share your experiences -- good or bad -- with the stuff. And if you're taking something with good result for osteoporosis, I'd love to know -- especially if you've had bad experiences with other meds. Thanks... Answered by Merrilee Rolin 2 years ago.

Well, there are several ways to take Actonel. What is the milligram on the med....if it 35mg you are only suppose to take it once per week (and that is the dose that most Dr's give) However, those symptoms are not normal at the severity you described, I would call your Dr first thing tomorrow....there are other meds you can try for Osteoporosis!! (I have worked for a Gyn for 9 years) Good Luck!! Answered by Audra Pewitt 2 years ago.


My doc has prescribed Actonel for osteoporosis. Can't decide whether to take it or not.What is your opinion.?
I am 70 & hate taking medicine! Sounds like the side effects might outweigh the benefits. Will Calcium with vitamin D not be good enough? Let me hear from you! Asked by Lowell Brazille 2 years ago.

Calcium with D is great but it just doesn't rebuild bone density like the Actonel will. When you have osteoporosis you are risking a serious fracture. These can occur spontaneously and can happen while walking. Hip fractures can even result in death. The biggest obstacle to the Actonel is taking it on an empty stomach with a full 8 oz of water but with patience you can learn to tolerate that considering it is only once a week. I started taking it 4 years ago at age 50 and have seen improvement in the bone density. I say go for it. Answered by Laurene Stoehr 2 years ago.

Calcium supports what bone you actually have, it will not rebuild lost bone like Actonel will. There is a Nasal Spray called Miacalcin which works, but not as well, and there is also a new pill out that you take only once a month called Boniva. You can also start doing bone building type exercise, low impact. You are right about the side effects, acid reflux being one of the worst on record. However there is talk of jaw decay happening from meds like Actonel and Fosamax. This is a tough decision, you future may depend on it. Answered by Valentine Kiltz 2 years ago.


Are there any side effects to stop taking Actonel?
My mom recently went off it, and has been having stomach problems. We wondered if this might be related, or if there are other things to look out for. Asked by Xuan Harjo 2 years ago.

It should not cause her any problems to discontinue taking Actonel. Normally Actonel can cause stomach problems when taking it, so if she has only recently quit taking it, the stomach issues could be residual from when she was regularly taking it. Answered by Tamesha Santaloci 2 years ago.

The better question is why did she stop the actonel? The main reason for stopping Actonel is because of gastrointestinal intolerance. If she wasn't having problems why did she stop taking the medication? Her risk for a life altering fracture decreases dramatically by taking bisphosphonates like actonel. But to answer you question, the actonel if taken incorrectly can itself can cause these symptoms, but I'm not aware of the development of such symptoms upon withdrawl of the medication. My best advice would be to call her primary physician and get her in to them to check her out. Could be another more serious problem. At least see about getting her restarted on the bisphosphonate, switch to another drug if necessary, because life expectancy after a hip fracture is low to put it mildly. Answered by Laraine Stady 2 years ago.

My dad stopped and there were no problems but I wish he would have stayed on it because its good for there bones and might help prevent hip fractures and other broken bones. Check with the doctor on her stomach , my mom needs to take 2 Prilosec OTC everyday to help with her digestive system . Answered by Phil Valensuela 2 years ago.


What does ACTONEL 35MG do for you?
I heard it was Black Listed. Is this true? I also heard it can stay in your body for 50 years? Asked by Maggie Bascombe 2 years ago.

Actonel is a aledronate. Alendronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are used for treating osteoporosis (reduced density of bone that leads to fractures) and bone pain from diseases such as metastatic breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and Paget's disease. Bone is in a constant state of remodeling. New bone is laid down by cells called osteoblasts while old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts. Bisphosphonates strengthen bone by inhibiting bone removal (resorption) by osteoclasts. After menopause, there is an increased rate of bone loss leading to osteoporosis, and alendronate has been shown to increase bone density and decrease fractures of bones. It's only been in the market for about 10-15 yrs. So I don't think anyone can say with certainty that it has no long term complication or that it will stay in your body for 50yr. EDIT: I just double checked. The drug does not have a black box warning on it. Answered by Casimira Rosengarten 2 years ago.


Is Actonel a harmone replacemnet drug?
Asked by Gabriel Weinger 2 years ago.

Actonel is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Risedronate has an affinity for hydroxyapatite crystals in the bone and acts as an antiresorptive agent. At the cellular level, risedronate inhibits osteoclasts. The osteoclasts adhere normally to the bone surface but show evidence of reduced active resorption (eg, lack of ruffled border). In plain English, the drug binds to a natural part of the bone. You have cells that break down bone for turnover (osteoclasts-think of as bone destroyers). The drug reduces activity of the bone destroyers and you have more bone since it wasn't broken down in the first place. There are cells called osteoblasts-bone builders. In a normal person, these two should work in harmony and there should be no appreciable gain or loss. Obviously the builders have more activity in young children and the destroyers have more activity in elderly women. (Typically at least) Answered by Cecille Kijak 2 years ago.

No. Actonel is not a hormone. It's better for preventing broken bones than hormone replacement therapy, but it doesn't relieve the symptoms of the menopause like HRT does. Good places to look up this kind of question would be www.drugs.com or www.patient.co.uk Answered by Dudley Kessans 2 years ago.


Does the actonel (risedronate) have effects on the liver?
I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver... Asked by Liliana Partch 2 years ago.

I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver enzymes are elevated. I took 3 blood test for the past 5 month and my doctor said my liver enzymes are slowly elevating, so now they decided to do a liver biopsy. The doctor say all my other liver readings normal except for my liver enzymes. Answered by Tony Grobstein 2 years ago.

Actonel has no effects on Liver enzymes. Liver biopsy is to rule out rejection after Liver transplant and it is done to to know type of rejection.( Whether it is 'T' Cell mediated type or Antibody-mediated rejection (Anti-HLA- donor-specific antibody). Treatment varies according to the type. In case of chronic rejection, immunosuppressive medication for rest of life is mandatory. **************************************... (T-Cell mediated,Antibody mediated - Type of rejection according to the mechanism involved. Hyperacute,Acute,Chronic - Type of rejection according to the time period after transplant- Hyperacute-within minutes of transplantation Acute-first 6 to 12 months after transplantation Chronic - after 12 months) Answered by Arden Kotzur 2 years ago.

Your transplant doctors are going to have to figure this one out. No one here will be able to diagnose you. Getting a biopsy done is the best test possible to figure out what is going on. Good luck to you. I also had a liver transplant 6 years ago. Answered by Cherie Radie 2 years ago.

It is hard to know what the cause is. Could be rejection, could be medicine related. Don't know in your situation. Answered by Nu Vantuyle 2 years ago.


Why actonel can't be taken with juice, tea etc. but ONLY plain water?
Why?? Thanks. Asked by Daren Janousek 2 years ago.

Thats because Actonel (Risedronate) is VERY touchy when it comes to absorption. There are drugs (most in my opinion) that should be taken on an empty stomach or they won't get absorbed, and can be taken with just about any liquid. There are also drugs that are so sensitive not only must they be taken on an empty stomach, but with water only. ( Another drug like this that I can think of is levothyroxine). The problem with Risedronate (or any of the other phosphonate calcium scavengers) is it binds tenaciously to any mineral ion around it, such as iron, magnesium, aluminum or calcium. Being that there are many sports drinks with minerals in them, and milk is just *loaded* with calcium (probably the worst thing you could take), that just about leaves you with water as a safe bet. I can't think of why you couldn't take it with tea (are there minerals in tea??) but I wouldn't fool around. Stick with water, and of course absolutely no food with the pill. Source: I am a pharmacist.. Answered by Deloise Shave 2 years ago.


My doctor reccomends I take Actonel for my early osteoporosis. Is it any good? Will it really help me?
Asked by Jayna Clendenin 2 years ago.

Actonel is one of the first meds used for osteoporosis (other than Calcium); it has proven itself very well. Now for the specifics. Is your Bone Density score -2.0 to -2.5? If less than -2.0 (in number but more in value) you might have osteopenia. Whether it help you or not can not be predicted. Answered by Tamara Mayes 2 years ago.

Just stop eating all red meats and pork. Eat more fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Drink only organic fruit juices and pure bottled water. Stop eating junk foods. Stop drinking the number one cause of osteoporosis in women and men all over the world, sodas. Heal yourself without paying a doctor or taking drugs. Your diet will help you get better, by purifying your liver and kidneys by eating more healthy foods and cutting out bad foods. The doctors' don't want you to know this, because they don't get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies unless you buy drugs and more drugs. Answered by Nedra Skyberg 2 years ago.


Actonel poisoning?
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis.I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I... Asked by Daryl Galimore 2 years ago.

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis. I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I was unable to keep anything down for four days. In addition to all that unpleasantness, I displayed symptoms so severe that my husband thought I was having a stroke. It was -- is -- terrifying for my family (and me). It's now been six days, and I'm finally beginning to feel like I did before the poisoning (well, what else to call it?). Please share your experiences -- good or bad -- with the stuff. And if you're taking something with good result for osteoporosis, I'd love to know -- especially if you've had bad experiences with other meds. Thanks... Answered by Shawanna Botwin 2 years ago.

Well, there are several ways to take Actonel. What is the milligram on the med....if it 35mg you are only suppose to take it once per week (and that is the dose that most Dr's give) However, those symptoms are not normal at the severity you described, I would call your Dr first thing tomorrow....there are other meds you can try for Osteoporosis!! (I have worked for a Gyn for 9 years) Good Luck!! Answered by Myrtis Charron 2 years ago.


My doc has prescribed Actonel for osteoporosis. Can't decide whether to take it or not.What is your opinion.?
I am 70 & hate taking medicine! Sounds like the side effects might outweigh the benefits. Will Calcium with vitamin D not be good enough? Let me hear from you! Asked by Min Boddie 2 years ago.

Calcium with D is great but it just doesn't rebuild bone density like the Actonel will. When you have osteoporosis you are risking a serious fracture. These can occur spontaneously and can happen while walking. Hip fractures can even result in death. The biggest obstacle to the Actonel is taking it on an empty stomach with a full 8 oz of water but with patience you can learn to tolerate that considering it is only once a week. I started taking it 4 years ago at age 50 and have seen improvement in the bone density. I say go for it. Answered by Olen Wahba 2 years ago.

Calcium supports what bone you actually have, it will not rebuild lost bone like Actonel will. There is a Nasal Spray called Miacalcin which works, but not as well, and there is also a new pill out that you take only once a month called Boniva. You can also start doing bone building type exercise, low impact. You are right about the side effects, acid reflux being one of the worst on record. However there is talk of jaw decay happening from meds like Actonel and Fosamax. This is a tough decision, you future may depend on it. Answered by Wilton Olofson 2 years ago.


Are there any side effects to stop taking Actonel?
My mom recently went off it, and has been having stomach problems. We wondered if this might be related, or if there are other things to look out for. Asked by Barabara Mosconi 2 years ago.

It should not cause her any problems to discontinue taking Actonel. Normally Actonel can cause stomach problems when taking it, so if she has only recently quit taking it, the stomach issues could be residual from when she was regularly taking it. Answered by Gerry Verhague 2 years ago.

The better question is why did she stop the actonel? The main reason for stopping Actonel is because of gastrointestinal intolerance. If she wasn't having problems why did she stop taking the medication? Her risk for a life altering fracture decreases dramatically by taking bisphosphonates like actonel. But to answer you question, the actonel if taken incorrectly can itself can cause these symptoms, but I'm not aware of the development of such symptoms upon withdrawl of the medication. My best advice would be to call her primary physician and get her in to them to check her out. Could be another more serious problem. At least see about getting her restarted on the bisphosphonate, switch to another drug if necessary, because life expectancy after a hip fracture is low to put it mildly. Answered by Gustavo Nestler 2 years ago.

My dad stopped and there were no problems but I wish he would have stayed on it because its good for there bones and might help prevent hip fractures and other broken bones. Check with the doctor on her stomach , my mom needs to take 2 Prilosec OTC everyday to help with her digestive system . Answered by Sherley Stassen 2 years ago.


What does ACTONEL 35MG do for you?
I heard it was Black Listed. Is this true? I also heard it can stay in your body for 50 years? Asked by Mistie Zea 2 years ago.

Actonel is a aledronate. Alendronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are used for treating osteoporosis (reduced density of bone that leads to fractures) and bone pain from diseases such as metastatic breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and Paget's disease. Bone is in a constant state of remodeling. New bone is laid down by cells called osteoblasts while old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts. Bisphosphonates strengthen bone by inhibiting bone removal (resorption) by osteoclasts. After menopause, there is an increased rate of bone loss leading to osteoporosis, and alendronate has been shown to increase bone density and decrease fractures of bones. It's only been in the market for about 10-15 yrs. So I don't think anyone can say with certainty that it has no long term complication or that it will stay in your body for 50yr. EDIT: I just double checked. The drug does not have a black box warning on it. Answered by Anton Bartholow 2 years ago.


Is Actonel a harmone replacemnet drug?
Asked by Stan Hesseltine 2 years ago.

Actonel is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Risedronate has an affinity for hydroxyapatite crystals in the bone and acts as an antiresorptive agent. At the cellular level, risedronate inhibits osteoclasts. The osteoclasts adhere normally to the bone surface but show evidence of reduced active resorption (eg, lack of ruffled border). In plain English, the drug binds to a natural part of the bone. You have cells that break down bone for turnover (osteoclasts-think of as bone destroyers). The drug reduces activity of the bone destroyers and you have more bone since it wasn't broken down in the first place. There are cells called osteoblasts-bone builders. In a normal person, these two should work in harmony and there should be no appreciable gain or loss. Obviously the builders have more activity in young children and the destroyers have more activity in elderly women. (Typically at least) Answered by Pricilla Ragel 2 years ago.

No. Actonel is not a hormone. It's better for preventing broken bones than hormone replacement therapy, but it doesn't relieve the symptoms of the menopause like HRT does. Good places to look up this kind of question would be www.drugs.com or www.patient.co.uk Answered by Isobel Pomiecko 2 years ago.


Does the actonel (risedronate) have effects on the liver?
I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver... Asked by Luann Essner 2 years ago.

I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver enzymes are elevated. I took 3 blood test for the past 5 month and my doctor said my liver enzymes are slowly elevating, so now they decided to do a liver biopsy. The doctor say all my other liver readings normal except for my liver enzymes. Answered by Kortney Revak 2 years ago.

Actonel has no effects on Liver enzymes. Liver biopsy is to rule out rejection after Liver transplant and it is done to to know type of rejection.( Whether it is 'T' Cell mediated type or Antibody-mediated rejection (Anti-HLA- donor-specific antibody). Treatment varies according to the type. In case of chronic rejection, immunosuppressive medication for rest of life is mandatory. **************************************... (T-Cell mediated,Antibody mediated - Type of rejection according to the mechanism involved. Hyperacute,Acute,Chronic - Type of rejection according to the time period after transplant- Hyperacute-within minutes of transplantation Acute-first 6 to 12 months after transplantation Chronic - after 12 months) Answered by Doug Brennaman 2 years ago.

Your transplant doctors are going to have to figure this one out. No one here will be able to diagnose you. Getting a biopsy done is the best test possible to figure out what is going on. Good luck to you. I also had a liver transplant 6 years ago. Answered by Chanelle Whitver 2 years ago.

It is hard to know what the cause is. Could be rejection, could be medicine related. Don't know in your situation. Answered by Gilma Baller 2 years ago.


Why actonel can't be taken with juice, tea etc. but ONLY plain water?
Why?? Thanks. Asked by Cherise Allgeyer 2 years ago.

Thats because Actonel (Risedronate) is VERY touchy when it comes to absorption. There are drugs (most in my opinion) that should be taken on an empty stomach or they won't get absorbed, and can be taken with just about any liquid. There are also drugs that are so sensitive not only must they be taken on an empty stomach, but with water only. ( Another drug like this that I can think of is levothyroxine). The problem with Risedronate (or any of the other phosphonate calcium scavengers) is it binds tenaciously to any mineral ion around it, such as iron, magnesium, aluminum or calcium. Being that there are many sports drinks with minerals in them, and milk is just *loaded* with calcium (probably the worst thing you could take), that just about leaves you with water as a safe bet. I can't think of why you couldn't take it with tea (are there minerals in tea??) but I wouldn't fool around. Stick with water, and of course absolutely no food with the pill. Source: I am a pharmacist.. Answered by Johnna Geeter 2 years ago.


My doctor reccomends I take Actonel for my early osteoporosis. Is it any good? Will it really help me?
Asked by Whitney Batten 2 years ago.

Actonel is one of the first meds used for osteoporosis (other than Calcium); it has proven itself very well. Now for the specifics. Is your Bone Density score -2.0 to -2.5? If less than -2.0 (in number but more in value) you might have osteopenia. Whether it help you or not can not be predicted. Answered by Terresa Sain 2 years ago.

Just stop eating all red meats and pork. Eat more fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Drink only organic fruit juices and pure bottled water. Stop eating junk foods. Stop drinking the number one cause of osteoporosis in women and men all over the world, sodas. Heal yourself without paying a doctor or taking drugs. Your diet will help you get better, by purifying your liver and kidneys by eating more healthy foods and cutting out bad foods. The doctors' don't want you to know this, because they don't get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies unless you buy drugs and more drugs. Answered by Mafalda Conti 2 years ago.


Actonel poisoning?
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis.I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I... Asked by Sasha Wizwer 2 years ago.

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis. I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I was unable to keep anything down for four days. In addition to all that unpleasantness, I displayed symptoms so severe that my husband thought I was having a stroke. It was -- is -- terrifying for my family (and me). It's now been six days, and I'm finally beginning to feel like I did before the poisoning (well, what else to call it?). Please share your experiences -- good or bad -- with the stuff. And if you're taking something with good result for osteoporosis, I'd love to know -- especially if you've had bad experiences with other meds. Thanks... Answered by Janis Matulewicz 2 years ago.

Well, there are several ways to take Actonel. What is the milligram on the med....if it 35mg you are only suppose to take it once per week (and that is the dose that most Dr's give) However, those symptoms are not normal at the severity you described, I would call your Dr first thing tomorrow....there are other meds you can try for Osteoporosis!! (I have worked for a Gyn for 9 years) Good Luck!! Answered by Rosella Sipriano 2 years ago.


My doc has prescribed Actonel for osteoporosis. Can't decide whether to take it or not.What is your opinion.?
I am 70 & hate taking medicine! Sounds like the side effects might outweigh the benefits. Will Calcium with vitamin D not be good enough? Let me hear from you! Asked by Dyan Balladares 2 years ago.

Calcium with D is great but it just doesn't rebuild bone density like the Actonel will. When you have osteoporosis you are risking a serious fracture. These can occur spontaneously and can happen while walking. Hip fractures can even result in death. The biggest obstacle to the Actonel is taking it on an empty stomach with a full 8 oz of water but with patience you can learn to tolerate that considering it is only once a week. I started taking it 4 years ago at age 50 and have seen improvement in the bone density. I say go for it. Answered by Francisca Kemplin 2 years ago.

Calcium supports what bone you actually have, it will not rebuild lost bone like Actonel will. There is a Nasal Spray called Miacalcin which works, but not as well, and there is also a new pill out that you take only once a month called Boniva. You can also start doing bone building type exercise, low impact. You are right about the side effects, acid reflux being one of the worst on record. However there is talk of jaw decay happening from meds like Actonel and Fosamax. This is a tough decision, you future may depend on it. Answered by Jerrell Bergsjo 2 years ago.


Are there any side effects to stop taking Actonel?
My mom recently went off it, and has been having stomach problems. We wondered if this might be related, or if there are other things to look out for. Asked by Kirk Segar 2 years ago.

It should not cause her any problems to discontinue taking Actonel. Normally Actonel can cause stomach problems when taking it, so if she has only recently quit taking it, the stomach issues could be residual from when she was regularly taking it. Answered by Julienne Klaren 2 years ago.

The better question is why did she stop the actonel? The main reason for stopping Actonel is because of gastrointestinal intolerance. If she wasn't having problems why did she stop taking the medication? Her risk for a life altering fracture decreases dramatically by taking bisphosphonates like actonel. But to answer you question, the actonel if taken incorrectly can itself can cause these symptoms, but I'm not aware of the development of such symptoms upon withdrawl of the medication. My best advice would be to call her primary physician and get her in to them to check her out. Could be another more serious problem. At least see about getting her restarted on the bisphosphonate, switch to another drug if necessary, because life expectancy after a hip fracture is low to put it mildly. Answered by Jaye Eveland 2 years ago.

My dad stopped and there were no problems but I wish he would have stayed on it because its good for there bones and might help prevent hip fractures and other broken bones. Check with the doctor on her stomach , my mom needs to take 2 Prilosec OTC everyday to help with her digestive system . Answered by Kasey Bowlus 2 years ago.


What does ACTONEL 35MG do for you?
I heard it was Black Listed. Is this true? I also heard it can stay in your body for 50 years? Asked by Loren Lachapelle 2 years ago.

Actonel is a aledronate. Alendronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are used for treating osteoporosis (reduced density of bone that leads to fractures) and bone pain from diseases such as metastatic breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and Paget's disease. Bone is in a constant state of remodeling. New bone is laid down by cells called osteoblasts while old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts. Bisphosphonates strengthen bone by inhibiting bone removal (resorption) by osteoclasts. After menopause, there is an increased rate of bone loss leading to osteoporosis, and alendronate has been shown to increase bone density and decrease fractures of bones. It's only been in the market for about 10-15 yrs. So I don't think anyone can say with certainty that it has no long term complication or that it will stay in your body for 50yr. EDIT: I just double checked. The drug does not have a black box warning on it. Answered by Tod Mahunik 2 years ago.


Is Actonel a harmone replacemnet drug?
Asked by Fumiko Liekhus 2 years ago.

Actonel is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Risedronate has an affinity for hydroxyapatite crystals in the bone and acts as an antiresorptive agent. At the cellular level, risedronate inhibits osteoclasts. The osteoclasts adhere normally to the bone surface but show evidence of reduced active resorption (eg, lack of ruffled border). In plain English, the drug binds to a natural part of the bone. You have cells that break down bone for turnover (osteoclasts-think of as bone destroyers). The drug reduces activity of the bone destroyers and you have more bone since it wasn't broken down in the first place. There are cells called osteoblasts-bone builders. In a normal person, these two should work in harmony and there should be no appreciable gain or loss. Obviously the builders have more activity in young children and the destroyers have more activity in elderly women. (Typically at least) Answered by Earnestine Shuhi 2 years ago.

No. Actonel is not a hormone. It's better for preventing broken bones than hormone replacement therapy, but it doesn't relieve the symptoms of the menopause like HRT does. Good places to look up this kind of question would be www.drugs.com or www.patient.co.uk Answered by Necole Elwer 2 years ago.


Does the actonel (risedronate) have effects on the liver?
I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver... Asked by Rebeca Allphin 2 years ago.

I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver enzymes are elevated. I took 3 blood test for the past 5 month and my doctor said my liver enzymes are slowly elevating, so now they decided to do a liver biopsy. The doctor say all my other liver readings normal except for my liver enzymes. Answered by Alaina Ziego 2 years ago.

Actonel has no effects on Liver enzymes. Liver biopsy is to rule out rejection after Liver transplant and it is done to to know type of rejection.( Whether it is 'T' Cell mediated type or Antibody-mediated rejection (Anti-HLA- donor-specific antibody). Treatment varies according to the type. In case of chronic rejection, immunosuppressive medication for rest of life is mandatory. **************************************... (T-Cell mediated,Antibody mediated - Type of rejection according to the mechanism involved. Hyperacute,Acute,Chronic - Type of rejection according to the time period after transplant- Hyperacute-within minutes of transplantation Acute-first 6 to 12 months after transplantation Chronic - after 12 months) Answered by Earle Impson 2 years ago.

Your transplant doctors are going to have to figure this one out. No one here will be able to diagnose you. Getting a biopsy done is the best test possible to figure out what is going on. Good luck to you. I also had a liver transplant 6 years ago. Answered by Gaston Troha 2 years ago.

It is hard to know what the cause is. Could be rejection, could be medicine related. Don't know in your situation. Answered by Ila Izatt 2 years ago.


Why actonel can't be taken with juice, tea etc. but ONLY plain water?
Why?? Thanks. Asked by Rebeca Lipsitz 2 years ago.

Thats because Actonel (Risedronate) is VERY touchy when it comes to absorption. There are drugs (most in my opinion) that should be taken on an empty stomach or they won't get absorbed, and can be taken with just about any liquid. There are also drugs that are so sensitive not only must they be taken on an empty stomach, but with water only. ( Another drug like this that I can think of is levothyroxine). The problem with Risedronate (or any of the other phosphonate calcium scavengers) is it binds tenaciously to any mineral ion around it, such as iron, magnesium, aluminum or calcium. Being that there are many sports drinks with minerals in them, and milk is just *loaded* with calcium (probably the worst thing you could take), that just about leaves you with water as a safe bet. I can't think of why you couldn't take it with tea (are there minerals in tea??) but I wouldn't fool around. Stick with water, and of course absolutely no food with the pill. Source: I am a pharmacist.. Answered by Bell Vigier 2 years ago.


My doctor reccomends I take Actonel for my early osteoporosis. Is it any good? Will it really help me?
Asked by Jewell Smallman 2 years ago.

Actonel is one of the first meds used for osteoporosis (other than Calcium); it has proven itself very well. Now for the specifics. Is your Bone Density score -2.0 to -2.5? If less than -2.0 (in number but more in value) you might have osteopenia. Whether it help you or not can not be predicted. Answered by Adrianna Scheuerman 2 years ago.

Just stop eating all red meats and pork. Eat more fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Drink only organic fruit juices and pure bottled water. Stop eating junk foods. Stop drinking the number one cause of osteoporosis in women and men all over the world, sodas. Heal yourself without paying a doctor or taking drugs. Your diet will help you get better, by purifying your liver and kidneys by eating more healthy foods and cutting out bad foods. The doctors' don't want you to know this, because they don't get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies unless you buy drugs and more drugs. Answered by Mitzi Langmaid 2 years ago.


Actonel poisoning?
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis.I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I... Asked by Anderson Karimi 2 years ago.

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis. I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I was unable to keep anything down for four days. In addition to all that unpleasantness, I displayed symptoms so severe that my husband thought I was having a stroke. It was -- is -- terrifying for my family (and me). It's now been six days, and I'm finally beginning to feel like I did before the poisoning (well, what else to call it?). Please share your experiences -- good or bad -- with the stuff. And if you're taking something with good result for osteoporosis, I'd love to know -- especially if you've had bad experiences with other meds. Thanks... Answered by Dionne Spillman 2 years ago.

Well, there are several ways to take Actonel. What is the milligram on the med....if it 35mg you are only suppose to take it once per week (and that is the dose that most Dr's give) However, those symptoms are not normal at the severity you described, I would call your Dr first thing tomorrow....there are other meds you can try for Osteoporosis!! (I have worked for a Gyn for 9 years) Good Luck!! Answered by Keneth Breslawski 2 years ago.


My doc has prescribed Actonel for osteoporosis. Can't decide whether to take it or not.What is your opinion.?
I am 70 & hate taking medicine! Sounds like the side effects might outweigh the benefits. Will Calcium with vitamin D not be good enough? Let me hear from you! Asked by Terence Montgomery 2 years ago.

Calcium with D is great but it just doesn't rebuild bone density like the Actonel will. When you have osteoporosis you are risking a serious fracture. These can occur spontaneously and can happen while walking. Hip fractures can even result in death. The biggest obstacle to the Actonel is taking it on an empty stomach with a full 8 oz of water but with patience you can learn to tolerate that considering it is only once a week. I started taking it 4 years ago at age 50 and have seen improvement in the bone density. I say go for it. Answered by Alyse Kossmann 2 years ago.

Calcium supports what bone you actually have, it will not rebuild lost bone like Actonel will. There is a Nasal Spray called Miacalcin which works, but not as well, and there is also a new pill out that you take only once a month called Boniva. You can also start doing bone building type exercise, low impact. You are right about the side effects, acid reflux being one of the worst on record. However there is talk of jaw decay happening from meds like Actonel and Fosamax. This is a tough decision, you future may depend on it. Answered by Gayle Cokley 2 years ago.


Are there any side effects to stop taking Actonel?
My mom recently went off it, and has been having stomach problems. We wondered if this might be related, or if there are other things to look out for. Asked by Aliza Bianchin 2 years ago.

It should not cause her any problems to discontinue taking Actonel. Normally Actonel can cause stomach problems when taking it, so if she has only recently quit taking it, the stomach issues could be residual from when she was regularly taking it. Answered by Adalberto Stimac 2 years ago.

The better question is why did she stop the actonel? The main reason for stopping Actonel is because of gastrointestinal intolerance. If she wasn't having problems why did she stop taking the medication? Her risk for a life altering fracture decreases dramatically by taking bisphosphonates like actonel. But to answer you question, the actonel if taken incorrectly can itself can cause these symptoms, but I'm not aware of the development of such symptoms upon withdrawl of the medication. My best advice would be to call her primary physician and get her in to them to check her out. Could be another more serious problem. At least see about getting her restarted on the bisphosphonate, switch to another drug if necessary, because life expectancy after a hip fracture is low to put it mildly. Answered by Bethel Haifley 2 years ago.

My dad stopped and there were no problems but I wish he would have stayed on it because its good for there bones and might help prevent hip fractures and other broken bones. Check with the doctor on her stomach , my mom needs to take 2 Prilosec OTC everyday to help with her digestive system . Answered by Luigi Hoglan 2 years ago.


What does ACTONEL 35MG do for you?
I heard it was Black Listed. Is this true? I also heard it can stay in your body for 50 years? Asked by Lashunda Fariello 2 years ago.

Actonel is a aledronate. Alendronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are used for treating osteoporosis (reduced density of bone that leads to fractures) and bone pain from diseases such as metastatic breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and Paget's disease. Bone is in a constant state of remodeling. New bone is laid down by cells called osteoblasts while old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts. Bisphosphonates strengthen bone by inhibiting bone removal (resorption) by osteoclasts. After menopause, there is an increased rate of bone loss leading to osteoporosis, and alendronate has been shown to increase bone density and decrease fractures of bones. It's only been in the market for about 10-15 yrs. So I don't think anyone can say with certainty that it has no long term complication or that it will stay in your body for 50yr. EDIT: I just double checked. The drug does not have a black box warning on it. Answered by Oren Raveling 2 years ago.


Is Actonel a harmone replacemnet drug?
Asked by Lynn Manhart 2 years ago.

Actonel is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Risedronate has an affinity for hydroxyapatite crystals in the bone and acts as an antiresorptive agent. At the cellular level, risedronate inhibits osteoclasts. The osteoclasts adhere normally to the bone surface but show evidence of reduced active resorption (eg, lack of ruffled border). In plain English, the drug binds to a natural part of the bone. You have cells that break down bone for turnover (osteoclasts-think of as bone destroyers). The drug reduces activity of the bone destroyers and you have more bone since it wasn't broken down in the first place. There are cells called osteoblasts-bone builders. In a normal person, these two should work in harmony and there should be no appreciable gain or loss. Obviously the builders have more activity in young children and the destroyers have more activity in elderly women. (Typically at least) Answered by Sindy Furry 2 years ago.

No. Actonel is not a hormone. It's better for preventing broken bones than hormone replacement therapy, but it doesn't relieve the symptoms of the menopause like HRT does. Good places to look up this kind of question would be www.drugs.com or www.patient.co.uk Answered by Ying Nortesano 2 years ago.


Does the actonel (risedronate) have effects on the liver?
I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver... Asked by Fatima Chapmon 2 years ago.

I had a liver transplant and ive been taking actonel (to prevent bone loss) for almost a year now because of the prednisone to prevent rejection and which makes my bones weak and cause osteoperosis later on in the future, now i ve been taking blood test for my liver to see how my liver is doing, but now my liver enzymes are elevated. I took 3 blood test for the past 5 month and my doctor said my liver enzymes are slowly elevating, so now they decided to do a liver biopsy. The doctor say all my other liver readings normal except for my liver enzymes. Answered by Armanda Maragno 2 years ago.

Actonel has no effects on Liver enzymes. Liver biopsy is to rule out rejection after Liver transplant and it is done to to know type of rejection.( Whether it is 'T' Cell mediated type or Antibody-mediated rejection (Anti-HLA- donor-specific antibody). Treatment varies according to the type. In case of chronic rejection, immunosuppressive medication for rest of life is mandatory. **************************************... (T-Cell mediated,Antibody mediated - Type of rejection according to the mechanism involved. Hyperacute,Acute,Chronic - Type of rejection according to the time period after transplant- Hyperacute-within minutes of transplantation Acute-first 6 to 12 months after transplantation Chronic - after 12 months) Answered by Gregory Nyseth 2 years ago.

Your transplant doctors are going to have to figure this one out. No one here will be able to diagnose you. Getting a biopsy done is the best test possible to figure out what is going on. Good luck to you. I also had a liver transplant 6 years ago. Answered by Randolph Eberting 2 years ago.

It is hard to know what the cause is. Could be rejection, could be medicine related. Don't know in your situation. Answered by Mandie Fausto 2 years ago.


Why actonel can't be taken with juice, tea etc. but ONLY plain water?
Why?? Thanks. Asked by Malissa Jarrell 2 years ago.

Thats because Actonel (Risedronate) is VERY touchy when it comes to absorption. There are drugs (most in my opinion) that should be taken on an empty stomach or they won't get absorbed, and can be taken with just about any liquid. There are also drugs that are so sensitive not only must they be taken on an empty stomach, but with water only. ( Another drug like this that I can think of is levothyroxine). The problem with Risedronate (or any of the other phosphonate calcium scavengers) is it binds tenaciously to any mineral ion around it, such as iron, magnesium, aluminum or calcium. Being that there are many sports drinks with minerals in them, and milk is just *loaded* with calcium (probably the worst thing you could take), that just about leaves you with water as a safe bet. I can't think of why you couldn't take it with tea (are there minerals in tea??) but I wouldn't fool around. Stick with water, and of course absolutely no food with the pill. Source: I am a pharmacist.. Answered by Malena Teto 2 years ago.


My doctor reccomends I take Actonel for my early osteoporosis. Is it any good? Will it really help me?
Asked by Chieko Timmis 2 years ago.

Actonel is one of the first meds used for osteoporosis (other than Calcium); it has proven itself very well. Now for the specifics. Is your Bone Density score -2.0 to -2.5? If less than -2.0 (in number but more in value) you might have osteopenia. Whether it help you or not can not be predicted. Answered by Bettina Frankland 2 years ago.

Just stop eating all red meats and pork. Eat more fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Drink only organic fruit juices and pure bottled water. Stop eating junk foods. Stop drinking the number one cause of osteoporosis in women and men all over the world, sodas. Heal yourself without paying a doctor or taking drugs. Your diet will help you get better, by purifying your liver and kidneys by eating more healthy foods and cutting out bad foods. The doctors' don't want you to know this, because they don't get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies unless you buy drugs and more drugs. Answered by Angelia Fiorenzi 2 years ago.


Actonel poisoning?
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis.I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I... Asked by Johnsie Bonadurer 2 years ago.

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's used Actonel for osteoporosis. I took it as prescribed (one pill, two consecutive days). By the end of day two, I was ill with virtually every stated side-effect of the medication: flu-like symptoms, all-over body pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing. I was unable to keep anything down for four days. In addition to all that unpleasantness, I displayed symptoms so severe that my husband thought I was having a stroke. It was -- is -- terrifying for my family (and me). It's now been six days, and I'm finally beginning to feel like I did before the poisoning (well, what else to call it?). Please share your experiences -- good or bad -- with the stuff. And if you're taking something with good result for osteoporosis, I'd love to know -- especially if you've had bad experiences with other meds. Thanks... Answered by Tammie Wemmer 2 years ago.

Well, there are several ways to take Actonel. What is the milligram on the med....if it 35mg you are only suppose to take it once per week (and that is the dose that most Dr's give) However, those symptoms are not normal at the severity you described, I would call your Dr first thing tomorrow....there are other meds you can try for Osteoporosis!! (I have worked for a Gyn for 9 years) Good Luck!! Answered by Katlyn Gehrig 2 years ago.


My doc has prescribed Actonel for osteoporosis. Can't decide whether to take it or not.What is your opinion.?
I am 70 & hate taking medicine! Sounds like the side effects might outweigh the benefits. Will Calcium with vitamin D not be good enough? Let me hear from you! Asked by Hilma Marinese 2 years ago.

Calcium with D is great but it just doesn't rebuild bone density like the Actonel will. When you have osteoporosis you are risking a serious fracture. These can occur spontaneously and can happen while walking. Hip fractures can even result in death. The biggest obstacle to the Actonel is taking it on an empty stomach with a full 8 oz of water but with patience you can learn to tolerate that considering it is only once a week. I started taking it 4 years ago at age 50 and have seen improvement in the bone density. I say go for it. Answered by Sherril Gurrero 2 years ago.

Calcium supports what bone you actually have, it will not rebuild lost bone like Actonel will. There is a Nasal Spray called Miacalcin which works, but not as well, and there is also a new pill out that you take only once a month called Boniva. You can also start doing bone building type exercise, low impact. You are right about the side effects, acid reflux being one of the worst on record. However there is talk of jaw decay happening from meds like Actonel and Fosamax. This is a tough decision, you future may depend on it. Answered by Romaine Hoefflin 2 years ago.


Are there any side effects to stop taking Actonel?
My mom recently went off it, and has been having stomach problems. We wondered if this might be related, or if there are other things to look out for. Asked by Corrin Donning 2 years ago.

It should not cause her any problems to discontinue taking Actonel. Normally Actonel can cause stomach problems when taking it, so if she has only recently quit taking it, the stomach issues could be residual from when she was regularly taking it. Answered by Kyle Kinkel 2 years ago.

The better question is why did she stop the actonel? The main reason for stopping Actonel is because of gastrointestinal intolerance. If she wasn't having problems why did she stop taking the medication? Her risk for a life altering fracture decreases dramatically by taking bisphosphonates like actonel. But to answer you question, the actonel if taken incorrectly can itself can cause these symptoms, but I'm not aware of the development of such symptoms upon withdrawl of the medication. My best advice would be to call her primary physician and get her in to them to check her out. Could be another more serious problem. At least see about getting her restarted on the bisphosphonate, switch to another drug if necessary, because life expectancy after a hip fracture is low to put it mildly. Answered by Deloras Wehrley 2 years ago.

My dad stopped and there were no problems but I wish he would have stayed on it because its good for there bones and might help prevent hip fractures and other broken bones. Check with the doctor on her stomach , my mom needs to take 2 Prilosec OTC everyday to help with her digestive system . Answered by Lizzette Hueser 2 years ago.


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