Risedronate is used to treat osteoporosis, bone loss, Paget’s disease, and risk of bone fracture.
This drug comes in different strengths. You may need to take it on a varying schedule. Take when you wake up with a full glass of water (not other drinks) 30 mins before eating/drinking. For at least 30 mins after consuming, do not lie down/recline and do not take other medication, including herbs, vitamins, and supplements.
Pay extra attention to dental hygiene. Do not take if you cannot sit upright/stand for at least 30 minutes. Do not take if you have problems with esophagus or low calcium blood levels. Do not take different strengths at the same time. Avoid smoking and alcohol.
Inform your doctor if you notice: chest pain, heartburn, swallowing pain, spasms, numbness and tingling, hip pain, joint pain.
Get emergency help if you experience serious effects, including: allergic reaction, chest pain, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, new/unusual pain, thigh/hip pain, jaw pain, joint pain, muscle spasms, numbness and tingling. Other common side effects include: indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, back/muscle/joint pain, flu-like symptoms.
Interactions include: aspirin, NSAIDs, iron supplements, antacids, laxatives