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User Reviews for Risedronate to treat Osteoporosis

Also known as: Actonel, Atelvia

Risedronate has an average rating of 3.3 out of 10 from a total of 39 ratings for the treatment of Osteoporosis. 21% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 69% reported a negative effect.

Risedronate Rating Summary

3.3/10 average rating

39 ratings from 40 user reviews.

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Reviews for Risedronate

Discouraged · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 30, 2014

Actonel (risedronate): “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.”

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annallen December 15, 2015

Actonel (risedronate): “I was on Actonel for five years. I did not relate the problem I was having to the drug until after I stopped taking Actonel. I developed dry eyes. They were so bad, they would wake me up every night five or six times and I would have to put eye drops in so I could go back to sleep. During the day, I would have to excuse myself from meetings, etc. to leave the room to put eye drops in my eyes. I went to several eye doctors and all they could do was say I had dry eye syndrome and wanted me to start Restasis. I had read that you have to use this forever and I was reluctant to start it. I put up with the dry eye problem for years. My doctor took me off Actonel after the five years and after a few months, my dry eye problem completely went away!! I was so surprised and appreciative! Even while I was on Actonel, I read the side effects and nothing was ever mentioned about dry eyes. That is the reason I am writing this review so that others may have some hope that this problem may be caused by Actonel and is reversible once the drug is stopped.”

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Essa May 7, 2021

Actonel (risedronate): “I took Actenol on Monday on weekly dosage. I have been so sick for 3 days, with stomach ache, headache, sore back vomited once. I will not continue. How long does it take to get better. I have been off work.”

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Lou · Taken for less than 1 month March 7, 2021

“I took my very first weekly prescription yesterday as prescribed . At 2:00 I began feeling severe back and jaw pain . I could not move without excruciating pain. I could not walk alone. I developed a horrible headache and began shaking in a seizure like manner, violently. I began vomiting and could not take a deep breath. I thought I was going to die. My husband was going to call an ambulance but he found a phenergan . I took it and 20 minutes later I fell asleep. The pain in my entire back, spine and muscles is unbearable today. I have not been out of bed except for bathroom privileges, but, need assistance. If I am not better tomorrow, I will not be able to work. This was just horrible! The worst night of my life!!”

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Bob · Taken for less than 1 month June 22, 2018

Actonel (risedronate): “1st dose made me vomit within 30 minutes. I lost the weekly pill into the toilet when up chucking. Called the pharmacist and she said take another. I did and lost that too the same way Called the doctor and he said take another with food and sit upright for at least 30 minutes. He said that if I vomited that one as well, just stop. I did and vomited that one out as well. I stopped taking it. I continued to vomit and felt nauseated for over a month, then I started to get a deep pain in my groin at the top of my legs and upper thighs. It's now 4 months later and my deep groin and upper thigh pain continue but are finally easing. I'm never touching these bisphosphonates again. Awful stuff!”

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Lynne G September 3, 2013

Actonel (risedronate): “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.”

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honest316 · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 4, 2021

Actonel (risedronate): “I am a 66 year old man who after 5 years showed NO improvement in the hip area with Oral Bisphosphanates (I took them religiously the way you are supposed to and did not have any digestive issues). With the Oral Bisphosphanate my hip BMD degraded. The spine only showed minimal improvement. Two years ago (2018) I had a fragility fracture walking down the sidewalk & broke my hip! After that I was on Forteo which gave a 21% increase in BMD of hip! I am disappointed in what Actonel did not do for me. Maybe the FOSMAX name brand is better because of better manufacturing standards. That is something I do not know.”

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Anonymous November 24, 2012

Actonel (risedronate): “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”

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Minn June 22, 2009

Actonel (risedronate): “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.”

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Mary K · Taken for less than 1 month August 7, 2019

“I took 150 mg once a month pill. I have been on it 2 weeks. No side effects. I am alarmed at some of the reviews of this medicine. I suppose some people don't tolerate it as well as others. I'm 59 yrs old. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis after a bone scan. I had severe, lower back pain, and numbness and tingling in my feet. I hope after a year when I return for a bone scan things will have improved. By the way I used to run 5 days a week 3 to 5 miles a day for 25 years. I stopped 10 years ago. I am continuing to take 1,200 mg of calcium per day and I walk 30 minutes.”

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Patti · Taken for less than 1 month October 8, 2019

“After second dose of Actenol, taken once a week, I experience a day of aching joints, temperature, vomiting and could not eat. Second day I still have severe joint, muscle and bone pain. Third day the same. Will not take this again. Terrible drug.”

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Suea · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 20, 2019

“After seven months of once a week dosing, I have severe pain in my collar bones. I have trouble getting dressed because raising my arms is so painful. Also, my groin is very painful in the morning and after sitting a while. My doctor was too booked up to see me until January. I quit the stuff a week ago. Slight improvement. I hope this pain is not permanent.”

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Dmw · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 26, 2019

“I took my first dose during flu season and 12 hours later I thought I coincidentally came down with the flu. Since it was Christmas I called the doctor on call. I was dismissed as soon as I said ‘fever’ although I did point out it was listed as a side effect. Took my second dose 3 days ago. Same thing. Extreme muscle aches, high fever, esophagus pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weekness and in bed for 4 days. I will never take this medicine again. It has been an awful experience. I would consider an alternative . I am angry that I was not told about the possible side effects being so harsh. Who would intentionally do this to themselves?!?”

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Shopper Sue · Taken for less than 1 month March 27, 2021

“I commented in January of 2021 after taking risedronate once weekly for 3 weeks. I wanted to update that post. I has now been 3 months since I discontinued this drug and I am still not back to where I was before. Fatigue, bone and muscle pain continue. Walking is difficult some days, painful most days. The muscle pain in my legs keeps me awake at night and I am exhausted. Not sure how much longer till this resolves but hope it will be soon. I was an active person before this and had made a good recovery from leg fracture. I feel worse now than I did during my recovery process.”

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Kayman · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 8, 2019

“I was prescribed this medication isedronate several years ago but took it for only a few months. The side effects left me unable to be any distance away from a toilet due to sudden attacks of diarrhea. This lasted for the first 2 days after taking the drug. Also the pain increased and I felt like an old man despite being only 40. Over all it interfered with my fairly active life that I enjoyed so I stopped taking it.”

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anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 19, 2018

Actonel (risedronate): “I had an over active parathyroid. It was sucking the calcium out of my bones. It affected me in my hips to where I could hardly walk. My doctor finally put me on Actonel before I was supposed to have surgery to remove the parathyroid. Within a couple of weeks, my hips stopped hurting. I was taking the dosage of once a week. My one frustration was the doctor not putting me on it sooner when I was starting to hurt.”

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Maz · Taken for less than 1 month July 29, 2020

“I was prescribed one tablet weekly for osteoporosis due to hormonal changes after menopause. I took first tablet and initially felt okay but after 3 weeks I felt very uncomfortable around my eyes, I felt anxious and wondered how long the symptoms would last. I am scared of my bone condition worsening but I would be even more frightened to take prescription drugs now. I had already tried Alendronic acid but felt ill with that one too.”

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Elizabeth · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 17, 2018

“This drug has caused me so much back and leg pain. I actually have pain throughout my body. My mouth is painful. Lots of tremors. I am so very nauseous, my feet and ankles are numb. I have no energy and just want to sleep all the time. I am extremely depressed. I took the 150 mg in July and again last week. It scares me to think I will have to wait another three weeks to get it out of my system, if it does go away and hopefully I will feel better. It sure has put a dampener on my life at the moment and brought my happy lifestyle to a halt. I will never take this medication again.”

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Anonymous December 16, 2017

“I have been on it for about 4 years and until recently just accepted that I would be ill for a day and got on with it. I did some research and was so startled by what I have found I stopped taking it immediately. The FDA are now saying it should not be taken for more than 2 years. I thought necrosis of the jaw meant the bottom jaw and ignored a problem with my upper jaw. I have been getting dull aches in my hips and sometimes searing pain down my legs. I now read Bisphosphonates cause Atypical femur fracture ie sudden snapping of the femur. The pills cause micro cracks at the head of the femur. There is a lot written out there on Bisphosphonates don't just blindly follow doctors, do your research. Some of the damage is irreversible”

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Ali Bali March 28, 2017

“I have taken Risendronate for only 3 weeks and have severe bone pain in my hands. I cannot bear the pain. I also have burning sensation in my throat. I was given alendronate to start with and they also made me feel so ill. I won't be taking any more. I really don't know what to do as I don't want the injection or infusion.”

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Katelynn Anne · Taken for less than 1 month December 19, 2014

Atelvia (risedronate): “My doctor gave me samples to use while I awaited my insurance to approve. After taking the first dosage in approximately 29 hours I was in the hospital. Side effects for me were extreme bone pain, indigestion. Doctors thought I was having a heart attack. ”

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Martha · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 18, 2018

“I was only able to take 2 doses of risedronate. The side effects were horrible. The 2nd and last dose, was 7 weeks ago. I had extremely painful legs. Both lower legs and feet were, and still are, swollen. I had bloating in my abdomen. The longer I'm off, the side effects are getting better, but it's slow. I've decided to go with supplements and diet changes instead of the prescription medications. The treatment is worse than the benefits for me.”

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Noodle · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 16, 2018

“Was on risodronate for two years, osteoporosis was gone. Had a break from drugs. Started back on it was in this third year, but eyes were getting dryer and dryer. Came off it and first day no dry eyes, first time in two years. I think dry eyes caused by Risedronate. If youv’e got dry eyes there is hope come off Risedronate and see if your eyes go back to normal.”

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KCT · Taken for less than 1 month February 14, 2020

“Took Risedronate 35 mg x3 doses ea. Sat. No GI issues taking the pill-took early with 8 oz water, stood up straight or walked, no food 30”+. Expected symptoms of joint pain & some immobility due to pain. Had only occasional R. hip discomfort before started med. Past had fx. R. knee with surg., ski accident 10 yrs ago, fx. L elbow years before from running & jumped with dog, slipped on black ice. Healing-normal. Side effects from this med. Started before 3 rd dose. Severe R hip/pelvic groin bone pain & numbness, needed cane to walk. Saw MD, given exercises for hip- No pelvic fx. Worked very well. Developed L shoulder, severe & nerve pain/numbness/immobile hand use. then head/bone aches constant for +4 days. Vomited x1 2nd day with head pain then dry heaves x2, next day after. Saw MD again. Cervical spine xrays done. No fxs. Shows osteop. & degen. Now, 1 month after first dose, doing osteop. exercises walking daily. Taking Ca++ & D-3 still.”

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PEG · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 21, 2021

“Worse experience of taking medication I have ever had!!! Took first pill last month for the first time on a Monday by Tuesday night I was bedridden with a fever, nausea and vomiting. Could not eat Friday’s and missed almost a week of work. Doctor said I probably had a stomach bug couldn’t be from medication. I took my second monthly dose this past Thursday by Friday same thing nauseous, fever, no appetite etc. Beware!!! Do not take this drug!!! Very bad side effects!!”

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