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Review by Discouraged (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis: Knowing I am very reluctant to pill taking in general, my doctor pushed Actonel on me saying ''now don't give it up after a few months !"
I persevered for 10 months. I used to be very active, exercising everyday, talking long walks, realizing I have aged 10 years in those ten months. I did some research on the net and understood where my problems came from. Aching everywhere, stiff, tired ... I stopped.
Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis: I took Actonel, as directed, for four months. Each time, my body ached so badly that I could barely walk and had to take time off from work. I took myself off the medication because I just couldn't function. I go back to my doctor tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be scolded.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis: Had terrible vomiting and diarrhea, that took two weeks to recover from this occurred every month after the first four months!
Stopped taking it and have since started to recover and regain a little weight
22 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis: The first few months I experienced flu-like symptoms. Then joint and muscle pain followed. I couldn't even walk or climb stairs without pain. I am only 52! After 10 months on it I gave up.
33 users found this comment helpful.
Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis: I took Actonel for 7 months. I'm 55 yrs young and active! One day each month after taking Actonel I had flu-like symptoms for 4 months and then it got better, however I experienced esophagus burning.
40 users found this comment helpful.
Actonel (risedronate) for Paget's Disease: Thank GOD for this drug. Busted my leg and ankle, diagnosed PAGETS, tried myacalcin and FOSAMAX. Leg pain minimal now. I do take 30mg daily! It has been over 12 months of treatment now. I ran out once for 5 days and pain was intolerable...resumed ACTONEL and pain gone in 2 days.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis: By the end of the first day I was very lethargic and had abdominal cramps and bloating, followed by diarrhea. Throughout the night and all through the second day, I experienced flu-like symptoms, relieved slightly with aspirin, but continued with abdominal tenderness and discomfort as well as very lethargic. By the third day, the muscle aches were gone, but the abdominal tenderness continued. Appetite did go down. Hopefully, there is truth to the first dose being the most difficult in regards to side effects.
52 users found this comment helpful.
Actonel (risedronate) for Osteoporosis: First day, no symptoms. Next day a bit achy. But the next day felt bloated and nauseous. The achy flu-like symptoms were gone but for the next week, I felt sick, constipated and had no appetite.
50 users found this comment helpful.
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