What is Actonel used for? Actonel is used to treat Paget's
disease of the bone. Actonel
is also used to prevent and treat:
- Postmenopausal osteoporosis
- Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men and women
Who should not take Actonel? You should not take Actonel if
- Low calcium levels in the blood.
- Bone or mineral problems that have not been treated by your health care provider.
- Severe kidney problems.
General Precautions with Actonel:
Tell your doctor if you have a history of stomach problems because Actonel can
cause difficulty swallowing, inflammation of the esophagus, esophageal ulcer, and stomach
If you have a bone-imaging test, tell your doctor or technician you are taking
Actonel, because it can interfere with the test.
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
Tell your doctor or health care provider if you are:
- taking aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), because
taken together with Actonel, aspirin and NSAIDs can increase the probability of stomach
- trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
What are some possible side effects of Actonel? (This is NOT
a complete list of side effects reported with Actonel. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Side effects of Actonel are generally mild to moderate and do not require
stopping the treatment.
The following is a listing of the most common side effects:
- Flu syndrome
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
For more detailed information about Actonel, ask your health care provider.