Atelvia

Drug List

Atelvia

Drug Name

Atelvia (Risedronate Sodium)

Manufactured By

Warner Chilcott (US), LLC

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Risedronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for a long time. This medication works by slowing bone loss. This effect helps maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures). Risedronate belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide, and if available, the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking risedronate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth with or immediately after breakfast as directed by your doctor, usually once a week. Choose the day of the week that best fits your schedule and take it on the same day every week. Do not take it at bedtime or while you are still in bed. Take this medication with at least half a glass (4 ounces/120 milliliters) of plain water. Do not take it with any other beverages. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not cut, crush, chew, or suck on it. Then stay fully upright (sitting, standing or walking) and do not lie down for at least 30 minutes. Calcium or iron supplements, vitamins that contain minerals, and products that contain calcium/magnesium/aluminum (such as antacids, laxatives) may interfere with absorption of risedronate. Medications such as quinapril, certain forms of didanosine (chewable/dispersible buffered tablets or pediatric oral solution), sucralfate, and bismuth subsalicylate may also interfere with absorption. Take these products at a different time of the day from when you take risedronate. Wait at least 30 minutes after taking risedronate before you take these other products. Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it on the same day each week. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of long-term use of this medication.

Side Effects

Stomach/abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: increased or severe bone/joint/muscle pain, new or unusual hip/thigh/groin pain, jaw pain, eye/vision problems. This medication may rarely cause irritation and ulcers in your stomach or esophagus. Get medical help right away if any of these serious side effects occur: new/severe/worsening heartburn, chest pain, painful/difficult swallowing, severe stomach/abdominal pain, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Products that may interact with this drug include: medications that decrease stomach acid (such as antacids, H2 blockers including ranitidine, proton pump inhibitors including omeprazole). This medication may interfere with bone-imaging agents. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this medication.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, do not take it later in the day. Take it the next morning after you remember. Continue taking your weekly dose on your originally scheduled day of the week. Do not take two doses on the same day. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.