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 62 33
Osteopenia 27 12
Support bone/joint health 2 1
Treat side effects of another treatment 2 0
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0
Birth control 1 0

Show all 17 reasons taken


  • 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 31

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
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 1

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risedronate

Dosage Patients
150 mg monthly 5
35 mg weekly 4
50 mg every 6 months 1

Why patients stopped taking Risedronate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 17
Other 14
Side effects too severe 11
Personal research 7
Did not seem to work 6
Expense 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 47 patients who've stopped taking Risedronate

Duration

Currently taking Risedronate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Risedronate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 37
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 29
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 8
< $25 13
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risedronate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alendronate (Fosamax) 5

Patients stopped taking Risedronate and switched to:

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

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

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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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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