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    What does Risedronate treat?

    Risedronate is a bisphosphonate medication that is prescribed to prevent and treat osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women. This acts by increasing the bone mass and altering the bone formation. This helps in reversing bone loss and bone fractures. It’s also prescribed to treat Paget's disease of bone. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

    Dosage Instructions

    Follow the Risedronate dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. This medication must be taken always in either a sitting or standing position. This must be taken with a full glass of water and not with any other beverage.

    Missed a dose?

    Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.


    Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that you may encounter are heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, convulsions, stomach pain, tingling sensation, spasms and a decrease in calcium levels in the blood.

    Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Risedronate is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Risedronate.

    It may interact with: 

    • Aspirin 
    • Celecoxib 
    • Ciprofloxacin 
    • Diclofenac

    It may also interact with antacids, bisphosphonates, laxatives, antibiotics, iron supplements, calcium supplements, thyroid hormones, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid medications and thiazide diuretics. This is not an exhaustive list though.

    Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

    Possible Side Effects

    Risedronate might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

    Some of the side effects could be stomach upset, headache, back pain, high blood pressure, constipation, indigestion, gas, muscle pain and nausea. Serious side effects of this drug are rare but may include severe dizziness, black stools, breathing problems, hoarseness, severe heartburn, painful swallowing, and swelling of the face, tongue, or throat. This is not the complete list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    What to ask your doctor before you start on Risedronate

    • Can I take Risedronate along with other drugs? 
    • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Risedronate? 
    • What is the dosage of Risedronate to be consumed? 
    • How should I use Risedronate? 
    • How will Risedronate work on my body? 
    • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Risedronate be minimized or completely avoided?


    The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Risedronate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.


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