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BRAND NAME :  Actonel

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Actonel Uses:

Although our bones seem solid and stable, they actually undergo constant renewal. Specialized cells calledosteoclastsdraw used calcium out of the bones while other cells calledosteoblastsreplace it. Especially after menopause, this process can get out of balance. Calcium starts to leach out of the bones faster than it can be replaced, leading to the brittle-bone disease called osteoporosis. Actonel combats this problem by reducing the activity of the osteoclasts and slowing the loss of calcium from the bones. It is prescribed for postmenopausal women, both to prevent osteoporosis and to strengthen the bones once the disease has begun. It is also used to prevent or treat osteoporosis resulting from therapy with steroid medications, and it is used in the treatment of Paget's disease, a condition in which patches of bone become softened and enlarged. Both Actonel and a similar drug called Fosamax are members of the family of drugs called bisphosphonates.

Actonel Dosage:

Adults : Osteoporosis For the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, the recommended dose is one 5 mg tablet once daily or one 35 mg tablet once a week. Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis For treatment or prevention of steroid-induced osteoporosis, the recommended dose is one 5 mg tablet once a day. Paget's Disease The recommended dose for Paget's disease is 30 mg once a day for two months. A second 2-month course of therapy may be required in certain individuals.

Actonel Contraindications :

Your doctor will not prescribe Actonel if you have low calcium levels in your blood or the drug gives you an allergic reaction. You also cannot take Actonel if you are unable to stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes after taking the drug. In addition, the drug is not recommended for people with severe kidney disease.

Actonel Side Effects:

More common side effects may include : Abdominal pain, anxiety, back pain, belching, bladder irritation, bone disorders and pain, bronchitis, bursitis, cataracts, chest pain, colitis, constipation, depression, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, dizziness, dry eyes, eye infection, flu-like symptoms, gas, headache, blood hypertension, infection, insomnia, itching, joint disorders and pain, leg cramps, muscle pain, muscle weakness, nausea, neck pain, nerve pain, pain, pneumonia, rash, ringing in ears, sinus problems, sore throat, stomach bleeding, stuffy or runny nose, swelling, tendon problems, tumor, ulcers, urinary tract infection, vertigo, vision problems, weakness

Actonel Overdose:

A large overdose of Actonel can dramatically reduce calcium levels in the blood. Warning signs include a tingling sensation and spasms. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

Actonel Missed dose:

If you realize that you missed a daily dose and have not yet had anything to eat or drink, it's okay to take your medication. If you have already eaten, skip the dose for that day and take your regular dose the following morning. If you forget to take a weekly dose, take 1 tablet on the morning after you remember, then return to taking 1 tablet a week as originally scheduled on the chosen day. Never take 2 tablets on the same day.

Actonel Storage:

Stored at room temperature.

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