People have reported to me that persons they know had issues with their teeth while on this drug, resulting in one having to have severe dental surgery in order to correct the problem and the other person quit taking it due to dental problems she was experiencing. I have beautiful, straight teeth and do not want to experience dental problems due to exessive calcium build-up or any other reason associated with taking this drug, or one like it.
Actonel (risedronate) is in a group of medicines called bisphosphonates.
In rare cases, bisphosphonates have caused a condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw. This is a serious, possibly disfiguring, problem in which the bone of the jaw dies. Often, there are symptoms (such as pain, infection, or loosening of the teeth), but sometimes there are no symptoms until a person notices exposed bone. This problem is most common when bisphosphonates are given by IV, but is still possible when these medications are taken orally. People who have dental procedures such as a tooth extraction also seem to be at higher risk. Be sure to take good care of your mouth and teeth by seeing your dentist frequently.
- Actonel Information for Consumers
- Actonel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Actonel (detailed)
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