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Risedronate

INFORMATION

Uses

Risedronate is used in the treatment of post menopausal osteoporosis (porous bones), osteoporosis in men (porous bones) and steroid induced osteoporosis (porous bones).

How it works

Risedronate 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.

Common side effects

Nausea, Esophageal obstruction, Osteonecrosis (reduced blood flow) of jaw, Abdominal bloating, Abdominal pain, Abnormal liver function tests, Allergic reaction, Bone pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Difficulty in swallowing, Eye swelling, Headache, Liver toxicity, Indigestion, Muscle weakness, Stomach inflammation, Instestinal inflammation

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Expert advice

  • Do not take risedronate tablet if you are allergic to risedronate or any of the other ingredients.
  • Do not take risedronate if you have a low blood calcium level (hypocalcaemia).
  • Avoid using risedronate if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not start or continue risedronate if you have deficiency of vitamin D or parathyroid hormone that may lower blood calcium levels and cause weakening of bones.
  • Do not start or continue risedronate if you have or had problems in the past with your food-pipe that makes swallowing difficult, or you have been told that you have a pre-cancerous condition of the food-pipe; pain, swelling or numbness of the jaw or a “heavy jaw feeling” or loosening of a tooth.

Frequently asked questions

Risedronate

Q.Is risedronate a generic drug?
Yes, risedronate is available as generic drug

Q.Is risedronate safe?
Residronate is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Does risedronate cause weight gain?
No clinically observable effect on weight has been reported for risedronate

Q.What is risedronate sodium?
Risedronate 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 risedronate work?
Risedronate 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 risedronate prescribed for?
Risedronate is prescribed for treatment of Paget’s disease and osteoporosis in men and post-menopausal women.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)