What is Risedronate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Actonel Actonel Combi D Atelvia

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Risedronate is a type of medication know as biphosponates. It is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis. It works by preventing bone breakdown and increasing bone density (thickness).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoporosis 58 32
Osteopenia 26 12
Support bone/joint health 2 1
Treat side effects of another treatment 2 0
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 1 0
Birth control 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 8
Mild 2
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risedronate

Side effect Patients
Nausea 3
Aching hands and arms 1
Aching in wrists 1
Acid reflux 1
Depression with anxiety 1
Dyspepsia 1

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risedronate

Dosage Patients
35 mg weekly 5
150 mg monthly 2
35 mg every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Risedronate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 16
Other 14
Side effects too severe 11
Personal research 7
Did not seem to work 6
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
See all 46 patients who’ve stopped taking Risedronate

Duration

Currently taking Risedronate

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Risedronate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 5
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 28
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 7
< $25 13
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risedronate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alendronate (Fosamax) 4

Patients stopped taking Risedronate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Denosumab (Prolia) 3
Alendronate (Fosamax) 2
Zoledronic acid (Reclast) 1
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8 patient evaluations for Risedronate

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Barbeczak
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Barbeczak
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Barbeczak's full Risedronate history

Sep 27, 2015 (Started Sep 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I take Risedronate every Sunday morning first thing with 6oz of water, sitting upright for the next hour. At the end of that hour, I then take any other prescriptions and have breakfast.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
trice
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trice
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 46y
  • Duration: 33 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
Surgery type: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
0 seizures
14 weeks ago
I am: g
I have:
Epilepsy

See trice's full Risedronate history

May 5, 2015 (Started Jan 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: drink 8oz with Actonel but remember not to eat for at least 30 min. while standing up so as to not get sick.

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ozzieartist
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ozzieartist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See ozzieartist's full Risedronate history

Aug 15, 2013 (Started May 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: If you have dental issues , I would avoid taking this drug due to possibility of other problems of the jaw as known.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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