Actonel is a drug that belongs to a group of drugs known as Bisphosphonates. Actonel is most commonly prescribed to women who have passed the menopause stage and are at risk of developing symptoms of Osteoporosis. The drug is also prescribed to people who are either suffering from Paget’s disease and to individuals who have undergone treatments with steroids that can leave the bone structure vulnerable to Osteoporosis.

Actonel works by inhibiting the excessive breakdown of bone tissue. There is a version of Actonel available that includes a dose of calcium that also aids in the production and maintenance of a strong, health bone structure.

An Important Consideration

A number of Osteoporosis drugs have been reported for causing damage to the mouth, throat, and stomach. Actonel has received few reports specifically but it is important that anyone who uses the drug be aware of this fact. The best away to avoid damage to the mouth and throat is to take the medication with a full glass of water and avoid lying down for thirty minutes.

How Should Actonel Be Taken?

You should always adhere to the instructions and recommendations provided by your doctor when undergoing treatment with a prescribed drug. Actonel comes in three forms: a 35mg dose that is taken once each week, a 30mg dose that is taken every day, and 5mg dose that is take daily as well. It is important to take Actonel at least thirty minutes before the first meal of the day; always take the dose with a full glass of water. Once again, it is important that you do not lie down within thirty minutes of taking the medicine.

The variant of Actonel that includes a calcium supplement is available only in 35mg doses. The doses come in four packages that contain a week of doses each. One 35mg Actonel dose is in each package along with six calcium supplement compounds. The Actonel is taken on the first day, in the exact same manner as the Actonel with no calcium, and the calcium supplements are taken on the six following days.

There are a few strategies that should be used to encourage healthy and effective treatments with Actonel:

  • Use only water when taking Actonel, do not use milk, juice, tea, coffer, mineral water, or milk.
  • Always take the dose thirty minutes before your first meal; foods interfere with the drug in very many cases.
  • Avoid any supplements that contain calcium, aluminum, or magnesium when using Actonel, these substances can interfere with the drug and reduce its effectiveness.
  • Avoid taking the calcium doses on the same day as the Actonel doses if you are prescribed the variant with calcium supplements.
  • Store Actonel at room temperature in a dry place.

What Side Effects Can I Expect?

There are several side effects that can occur when undergoing treatment with Actonel. Inform your doctor if you experience headache, high blood pressure, indigestion, infection, joint pains, muscle pain, nausea, nerve pain, Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, flu symptoms, or general aches and pain.

What if I Miss a Dose?

If you miss a dose of Actonel you should simply take the missed dose on the next possible morning. Following this you should shift your dosing schedule back to meet the new weekly schedule if you are not using the daily dosage variant. Never attempt to take two doses at once to make up for a missed dose.