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Actonel 35mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Actonel 35mg Tablet is used to treat high levels of a mineral called calcium in people who have cancer. It is also used to treat or prevent weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) caused by menopause or use of steroids. Using this medicine can reduce your risk of breaking bones.

Actonel 35mg Tablet is best taken without food. You should take it regularly at evenly spaced intervals as per the schedule prescribed by your doctor. Taking it at the same time every day will help you to remember to take it. Do not stop taking it until you have finished, even when you feel better. It may take several days to get the full benefit of this drug. Actonel 35mg Tablet is only part of a programme of treatment that may also include changes to your diet and taking calcium and vitamin supplements.

The most common side effects include headache, musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, indigestion, heartburn and diarrhea. These are usually mild and will disappear after a short time. If they do not go away, tell your doctor. Actonel 35mg Tablet can cause serious kidney problems, especially if you are dehydrated, if you take diuretic medicine (water pills), or if you already have kidney disease. It can also cause low levels of calcium in the blood and pain in the mouth or jaw. These are serious side effects and need urgent medical attention. Tell your doctor straight away.

You should not be given this medicine if you are breastfeeding. Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems or low calcium levels. Also let your doctor know what other drugs you are taking. Some of them may affect, or be affected by, this injection, especially medicines used to treat severe infections and medicines used to treat cancer and osteoporosis. You may need frequent medical tests to check your kidney function and mineral levels. Avoid smoking or try to quit as smoking can reduce your bone mineral density, making fractures more likely. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can also cause bone loss and should be avoided.

Uses of Actonel Tablet

Side effects of Actonel Tablet

Common
  • Headache
  • Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea

How to use Actonel Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Actonel 35mg Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.

How Actonel Tablet works

Actonel 35mg Tablet is a bisphosphonate. It acts by suppressing the activity of osteoclasts, cells that cause the destruction of bone, thereby strengthening the bones and minimizing the risk of fractures.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Actonel 35mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Actonel 35mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Actonel 35mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Actonel 35mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Actonel 35mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Actonel 35mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with mild to moderate kidney disease. However, use of Actonel 35mg Tablet is not advised in severe kidney disease patients.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Actonel 35mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Actonel 35mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Actonel Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Actonel 35mg Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Do not lie down after taking the medicine.
  • Wait at least 1 hour before taking any other medication or eating or drinking anything.
  • Take calcium and vitamin D to help build your bones when taking Actonel 35mg Tablet.
  • Do not take it during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Actonel 35mg Tablet.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience pain in jaw. This problem may be seen after dental work.
  • Your doctor will monitor your response to Actonel 35mg Tablet by testing your bone mineral density (BMD). This is usually done every 1-3 years.
  • It is important to look after your mouth and teeth while you are taking this medicine. Have regular dental check-ups and inform your dentist about taking Actonel 35mg Tablet.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Actonel with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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Side effect of osteoporosis tab
Dr. Akshat Goel
Bone & Joint Specialist
Please mention the contents of the tablet
i am osteoporosis patient n want to know is this disease curable?
Dr. Akshat Goel
Bone & Joint Specialist
Yes its curable aak your treating doctor about bisphosphonate and teriparatide
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FAQs

Q. Is Actonel a generic drug?

Yes, Actonel is available as generic drug

Q. Is Actonel safe?

Residronate is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q. Does Actonel cause weight gain?

No clinically observable effect on weight has been reported for Actonel

Q. What is Actonel sodium?

Actonel belongs to a class of medication called as bisphosphonates. It acts by slowing bone breakdown process, increasing bone density (thickness), and decreasing the amount of calcium released from the bones into the blood

Q. How does Actonel work?

Actonel works by slowing bone breakdown process, increasing bone density (thickness), and decreasing the amount of calcium released from the bones into the blood.

Q. What is Actonel prescribed for?

Actonel is prescribed for treatment of Paget’s disease and osteoporosis in men and post-menopausal women.

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