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ACTONEL 5MG

Active substance(s): RISEDRONATE SODIUM

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Package leaflet: Information for the patient

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are
the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See
section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Actonel is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Actonel
3. How to take Actonel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Actonel
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Actonel is and what it is used for
What Actonel is
Actonel belongs to a group of non-hormonal
medicines called bisphosphonates which are
used to treat bone diseases. It works directly
on your bones to make them stronger and
therefore less likely to break.
Bone is a living tissue. Old bone is constantly
removed from your skeleton and replaced with new bone.
Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a condition occurring in women
after the menopause where the bones become weaker, more
fragile and more likely to break after a fall or strain.
Osteoporosis is more likely to occur in women who have reached
the menopause early and also in patients treated long-term with
steroids.
The spine, hip and wrist are the most likely bones to break,
although this can happen to any bone in your body. Osteoporosis
– related fractures can also cause back pain, height loss and a
curved back. Many patients with osteoporosis have no symptoms
and you may not even have known that you had it.
What Actonel is used for
The treatment of osteoporosis
• in postmenopausal women
The prevention of osteoporosis
• in women with an increased risk of osteoporosis (including low
bone mass, early menopause or a family history of osteoporosis).
• in postmenopausal women who have been on high doses of
steroid drugs for a long time. It maintains or increases bone
mass.

2. W
 hat you need to know before you take
Actonel
Do not take Actonel
• If you are allergic to risedronate sodium or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
• If your doctor has told you that you have a condition called
hypocalcaemia (a low blood calcium level).
• If you may be pregnant, are pregnant or planning to become
pregnant.
• If you are breast‑feeding.
• If you have severe kidney problems.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Actonel
• If you are unable to stay in an upright position (sitting or
standing) for at least 30 minutes.

• If you have abnormal bone and mineral metabolism (for
example lack of vitamin D, parathyroid hormone abnormalities,
both leading to a low blood calcium level).
• If you have or have had problems in the past with your
oesophagus (the tube that connects your mouth with your
stomach). For instance you may have or have had pain or
difficulty in swallowing food or you have previously been told
that you have Barrett’s oesophagus (a condition associated with
changes in the cells that line the lower oesophagus).
• If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars (such as lactose).
• If you have had or have pain, swelling or numbness of the jaw
or a “heavy jaw feeling” or loosening of a tooth.
• If you are under dental treatment or will undergo dental surgery,
tell your dentist that you are being treated with Actonel.
Your doctor will advise you on what to do when taking Actonel if
you have any of the above.
Children and adolescents
Risedronate sodium is not recommended for use in children below
age 18 due to insufficient data on safety and efficacy.
Other medicines and Actonel
Medicines containing one of the following lessen the effect of
Actonel if taken at the same time:
• calcium
• magnesium
• aluminium (for example some indigestion mixtures)
• iron.
Take these medicines at least 30 minutes after your Actonel tablet.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.
Actonel with food and drink
It is very important that you do NOT take
your Actonel tablet with food or drinks (other
than plain water) so that it can work properly.
In particular do not take this medicine at the
same time as dairy products (such as milk) as
they contain calcium (see section 2, “Other
medicines and Actonel”).
Take food and drinks (other than plain water) at least 30 minutes
after your Actonel tablet.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do NOT take Actonel if you may be pregnant, are pregnant or
planning to become pregnant (see section 2, “Do not take Actonel”).
The potential risk associated with the use of risedronate sodium
(active substance in Actonel) in pregnant women is unknown.
Do NOT take Actonel if you are breast-feeding (see section 2,
“Do not take Actonel”).
Driving and using machines
Actonel is not known to affect your ability to drive and use
machines.
Actonel contains a small amount of lactose (see
section 2, “Warnings and precautions”).

3. How to take Actonel
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure.
The recommended dose is ONE Actonel tablet (5 mg of
risedronate sodium) once a day.
For your convenience, the days of the week are printed on the
blister foil to help you remember to take your medicine.
WHEN to take the Actonel tablet
IT IS BEST to take your Actonel tablet at least 30 minutes before
the first food, drink (other than plain water) or other medicine of
the day.
If in particular instance you are unable to take your Actonel tablet
at this time, you may take it on an empty stomach, at the same
time every day, in one of the following ways:
• EITHER
Between meals: at least 2 hours after your last food, drink
(other than plain water) or other medicine. Do not eat or drink
(other than plain water) for 2 hours after taking the tablet.
• OR
In the evening: at least 2 hours after your last food, drink
(other than plain water) or other medicine of the day. Actonel
should be taken at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
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HOW to take the Actonel tablet
• Take the tablet whilst you are in an upright
position (you may sit or stand) to avoid
heartburn.
• Swallow it with at least one glass (120 ml)
of plain water.
• Swallow it whole. Do not suck or chew it.
• Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking
your tablet.
Your doctor will tell you if you need calcium and vitamin
supplements, if you are not taking enough from your diet.
If you take more Actonel than you should
If you or somebody else has accidentally taken more Actonel
tablets than prescribed, drink one full glass of milk and seek
medical attention.

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
• T alk to your doctor if you have ear pain, discharge from the ear,
and/or an ear infection. These could be signs of bone damage
in the ear.
During post-marketing experience, the following have been
reported (unknown frequency):
• Hair loss
• Liver disorders, some cases were severe
Rarely, at the beginning of treatment, a patient’s blood calcium
and phosphate levels may fall. These changes are usually small
and cause no symptoms.

If you forget to take Actonel
If you have forgotten to take your tablet at
your regular time, you can take it at the next
possible time according to the instruction
above (i.e. before breakfast, between meals,
or in the evening).

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects directly via:
United Kingdom
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
Ireland
HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2;
Tel: +353 1 6764971;  Fax: +353 1 6762517.
Website: www.hpra.ie; E-mail: medsafety@hpra.ie.

Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten tablet.

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.

If you stop taking Actonel
If you stop treatment you may begin to lose bone mass. Please talk
to your doctor before you consider stopping treatment.

5. How to store Actonel

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on
the carton and blister after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.

4. Possible side effects

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Actonel and contact a doctor immediately
if you experience any of the following:
• Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as:
– Swelling of the face, tongue or throat
– Difficulties in swallowing
– Hives and difficulties in breathing
• Severe skin reactions that can include blistering of the skin.
Tell your doctor promptly if you experience the following
side effects:
• Eye inflammation, usually with pain, redness and light sensitivity.
• Bone necrosis of the jaw (osteonecrosis) associated with delayed
healing and infection, often following tooth extraction (see
section 2, “Warnings and precautions”).
• Symptoms from oesophagus such as pain when you swallow,
difficulties in swallowing, chest pain or new/worsened
heartburn.
Unusual fracture of the thigh bone particularly in patients on longterm treatment for osteoporosis may occur rarely. Contact your
doctor if you experience pain, weakness or discomfort in your
thigh, hip or groin as this may be an early indication of a possible
fracture of the thigh bone.
However in clinical studies the other side effects that were
observed were usually mild and did not cause the patient to stop
taking their tablets.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Indigestion, feeling sick, stomach ache, stomach cramps or
discomfort, constipation, feelings of fullness, bloating, diarrhoea.
• Pain in your bones, muscles or joints.
• Headache.
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Inflammation or ulcer of the oesophagus (the tube that connects
your mouth with your stomach) causing difficulty and pain in
swallowing (see also section 2, “Warnings and precautions”),
inflammation of the stomach and duodenum (bowel draining
the stomach).
• Inflammation of the coloured part of the eye (iris) (red painful
eyes with a possible change in vision).
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Inflammation of the tongue (red swollen, possibly painful),
narrowing of the oesophagus (the tube that connects your mouth
with your stomach).
• Abnormal liver tests have been reported. These can only be
diagnosed from a blood test.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Actonel contains
The active substance is risedronate sodium. Each tablet contains
5 mg risedronate sodium, equivalent to 4.64 mg risedronic acid.
The other ingredients are:
Tablet core: lactose monohydrate (see section 2), crospovidone,
magnesium stearate and cellulose microcrystalline.
Film coating: hypromellose, macrogol, hydroxypropylcellulose,
colloidal anhydrous silica, titanium dioxide [E171], iron oxide
yellow [E172].
What Actonel looks like and contents of the pack
Actonel 5 mg film-coated tablets are oval yellow tablets with the
letters “RSN” on one side and “5 mg” on the other side. The
tablets are supplied in blister packs of 14, 28 (2x14), 84 (6x14),
98 (7x14) tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Warner Chilcott UK Limited,
Old Belfast Road,
Millbrook, Larne, County Antrim,
BT40 2SH, United Kingdom
Manufacturer:
Warner Chilcott Deutschland GmbH,
Dr.-Otto-Röhm-Str. 2-4,
64331 Weiterstadt, Germany
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member
States of the EEA under the following names:
Belgium:
Actonel 5 mg filmomhulde tabletten,

Actonel 5 mg comprimé pelliculé,

Actonel 5 mg Filmtabletten
France:
Actonel 5 mg comprimé pelliculé
Germany:
Actonel 5 mg Filmtabletten
Ireland:
Actonel 5 mg film-coated tablets
Italy:
Actonel 5 mg compresse rivestite con film
Luxembourg:
Actonel 5 mg comprimé pelliculé,
The Netherlands: Actonel 5 mg, filmomhulde tabletten
Spain: Actonel 5 mg comprimidos recubiertos con
película
Sweden:
Optinate 5 mg filmdragerade tabletter
United Kingdom: Actonel 5 mg film-coated tablets
This leaflet was last revised in: January 2016
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