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Name of the generic: risedronate Risedronate ris-ED-roe’nate“ris-ED-roe”
The brand names are: Actonel Atelvia, Actonel
Drug class: bisphosphonates

What is Atelvia?

Atelvia is a bisphosphonate-based medicine that alters the process of bone formation and breakdown within the body. It can reduce bone loss and could help prevent bone fractures.Atelvia is a prescription medication that women take in order to manage osteoporosis caused by menopausal symptoms.It is unclear how long Atelvia will be used for treating and preventing osteoporosis. Consult your physician frequently to check whether this medication is suitable for you.


You shouldn't consume Atelvia if you are suffering from esophagus. Or the calcium levels are low in your blood.Don't take this medicine. If you're unable to sit straight or stand for more than 30 minutes following the medication,Atelvia may cause serious issues within the stomach or in the esophagus. Stop using this medication and contact your doctor immediately if you experience chest discomfort, new or worsening heartburn, or discomfort when swallowing.Contact your doctor if you experience muscle spasms or numbness. sensations of tingling (in feet and hands or around your mouth), new and unusual pain in your hips, or if you experience severe joint pain or bones.

Side effects of Atelvia

Seek medical attention immediately. If you show symptoms warning of an allergy reaction (hives and difficulty breathing, swelling on your throat or face) or a severe skin reaction (fever and throat soreness, burning eyes, and skin pain, as well as the skin being red or purple, which spreads and leads to blistering as well as peeling),

Stop taking Atelvia and consult your physician immediately if you are suffering from:

  • Chest pain and heartburn that has gotten worse or new;
  • Discomfort or pain during swallowing;
  • Discomfort or burning beneath one's ribs and in the back
  • Extreme heartburn, burning pain in your upper stomach, or the coughing up of blood;
  • New or unusual pain in your hips or thighs;
  • Jaw pains, weakness, or swelling of the jaw
  • Extreme joint, bone, or muscular pain
  • Low levels of calcium muscle spasms, contractions, numbness, or tingling sensations (around your mouth or even in your toes and fingers)

Common side effects of atelvia include:

  • Heartburn, diarrhea, indigestion;
  • Stomach pain;
  • Back pain, joint pain, muscle pain,
  • Flu-like symptoms.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. Please call 1-800-FDA-1088 if any side effects arise from taking medications prescribed to you by the FDA.

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Prior to using this drug

It is not recommended to use Atelvia. If you have an allergy to risedronate, or you are:

  • Low levels of calcium present in the blood (hypocalcemia)
  • Issues with the muscles of your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach).

Don't take Atelvia if you are unable to stand upright for at least 30 minutes. Risedronate may cause serious issues with the stomach or in the esophagus. It is important to remain in a straight position for a minimum of 30 minutes after taking this medication.

To ensure that this medication is appropriate for you, inform your physician if you've had any of the following:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Issues with your stomach or digestion
  • Hypocalcemia;
  • Are You Needing Dental Work Before Beginning to Take Atelvia;
  • Kidney disease kidney disease
  • Any medical condition that hinders your body from taking in the nutrients in foods (malabsorption).

Risedronate could cause jaw bone pain (osteonecrosis). The risk is greatest for those suffering from cancer, blood cell issues, pre-existing dental conditions, or those who are treated with steroids, chemotherapy, or radiation. Talk to your dentist about the risk you are taking.Talk to your doctor about the risks and advantages of taking Atelvia.It's not clear if risedronate can harm an unborn baby. Take a break from Atelvia and inform your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant.Breastfeeding is not advised when using Atelvia.Risedronate should not be administered to children who are younger than 18.

How do I take  Atelvia?

Use Atelvia exactly as directed by your physician. Follow the directions on the prescription label and review all medication manuals or instructions. The doctor could change your dosage. Risedronate is typically prescribed for a period of 3 to 5 years.Consume the tablet shortly after breakfast. Drink the minimum of 4 oz. of water.Suck in Atelvia tablets completely. Avoid chewing, cutting, or smashing the tablets prior to taking them in. If you find it difficult to take the tablets, completely inform your doctor. You might need an alternative medication.

At least 30 minutes following the taking of Atelvia:

  • Don't recline or lay down. You can stand, sit, or walk around and perform regular activities such as reading.
  • Avoid taking any additional medications such as calcium, vitamins, ferr, iron, antacids, or laxatives.

You should take this medicine in the exact same order every day or on the exact same day each week or every month (depending on your schedule for dosing).Take special care of your dental hygiene while you are taking Atelvia. Cleanse and brush your teeth on a regular basis. If you require any dental procedure (especially surgery), be sure to inform the dentist in advance that you're using risedronate.Atelvia is just a small part of a comprehensive treatment plan that could also include changes in diet, exercises, bone mineral density tests, and vitamin and calcium supplements. Adhere strictly to the instructions of your physician.Keep them at room temperature and free of heat and moisture. Store any tablets that are not used inside the blister foil packs.

Info on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Osteoporosis:

Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis:
Release delayed:
35 mg once orally every week
Refer to the administration's advice for more information about how to use this medication.
Reevaluate the bisphosphonate treatment regularly.
Patients who are treated with glucocorticoids need to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
Treatment to decrease the risk of vertebral injuries and the composite endpoints of osteoporosis-related nonvertebral fractures for postmenopausal women

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you do not remember that you should take Atelvia on the day you are scheduled to take it, start it in the morning when you are able to remember the dose you missed. You can then return to your regular routine on dosage day. Do not take two doses on the same day.

Consult your physician for treatment in the event that you missed more than two doses in one month.

What happens if I overdose?

Take a glass of milk and seek medical attention. You can also call for help at the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. Do not force yourself to vomit, and do not lay down.

Aviod this

Do not take any other medications for a minimum of 30 minutes following the use of Atelvia. This includes calcium, vitamins, ferrous, antacids, or laxatives. Certain medicines may hinder your body's ability to absorb risedronate.Try not to smoke or to stop. Smoking cigarettes can decrease your bones' mineral content, which increases the possibility of fractures.Do not consume large quantities of alcohol. Alcohol consumption can also lead to bone loss.

Interaction with other drug

Discuss with your physician your current medications and any new medications you begin or stop taking, particularly:

  • Aspirin;
  • Iron or calcium supplements;
  • Antacids, laxatives,
  • Nsds (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines) ibuprofen (advil, motrin), naproxen (aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and many more.

This list isn't complete. Other medications may be incompatible with risedronate, such as prescription and non-prescription supplements, vitamins, and herbal products. The interactions of all potential types are not included in this guideline. Consult your doctor regarding the most effective dose schedule for other medications.




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