RISEDRONATE - Watsons Health


Risedronate tablets are bisphosphonate and works by slowing bone loss.

Risedronate is used for:

  • treatment of Paget’s disease of bone (osteitis deformans)
  • treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis in women
  • treatment of osteoporosis in men.
  • prevention and treatment of osteoporosis caused by steroid medications (glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis).

Do NOT use risedronate tablet if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in risedronate tablets
  • you have certain esophagus problems (eg, narrowing, blockage)
  • you are unable to stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes
  • you have low blood calcium levels or severe kidney problem

Risedronate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • nausea
  • burping
  • dry mouth
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • leg cramps
  • back pain
  • frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • painful urination


Some medical conditions may interact with risedronate tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:


  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation, ulcer), esophagus problems (eg, narrowing, blockage, heartburn, reflux disease, severe irritation), or kidney problems, or if you have difficult or painful swallowing
  • if you have low blood vitamin D levels, cancer, anemia, asthma, blood clotting problems, an infection, calcium metabolism problems, or nutrient absorption problems (eg, malabsorption syndrome), or you are unable to take calcium or vitamin D supplements
  • if you have poor dental hygiene or other dental problems, or if you will be having a dental procedure (eg, tooth extraction)
  • if you smoke or drink alcohol
  • if you have had or will be having chemotherapy or radiation treatment
  • if you have a mental disorder or other condition that may decrease your ability to follow the dosing instructions for risedronate tablets
  • if you are taking any medicines that can cause jaw bone problems. There are many medicines that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure



Food, calcium, antacids, and medications containing iron, magnesium, or aluminum reduce the absorption of risedronate, resulting in loss of effectiveness. It should be then taken with plain water only.

In case of overdose, give the victim a full glass of milk and call emergency hotline.

Symptoms of overdose may include the following:

  • numbness or tingling around mouth or in hands or feet
  • muscle spasms, cramps, or twitches
  • seizures


Available brands:

  • Risedronic acid

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