I just ask my physician to get me the medicine when I get my alkaline phosphate low, is there any other treatment than using actonel every 6 month or I have to live with it and what to do if I need a jaw work?
Actonel (risedronate) belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. It is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis and works by increasing bone density and preventing bone breakdown.
Actonel may cause serious jaw problems, especially if you have dental surgery or other dental treatments. The risk is low but higher if you take high doses over a long period of time. A dentist should examine you and perform any needed dental work before you start taking Actonel. If dental work is required while you are taking the Actonel it is unlikely you will have to to stop taking the medication — unless directed by your doctor — but tell your dentist and follow his or her recommendations for good oral hygiene.
It is recommended that your fracture risk is reassessed after five years of oral bisphosphonates. If risk is still high then you should continue to take oral bisphosphonates for up to 10 years with fracture risk reassessed every two to three years during extended therapy.
Hope this helps.
- Actonel Information for Consumers
- Actonel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Actonel (detailed)
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