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When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take risedronate include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. Depending on the dose, it is taken by mouth daily, weekly, or monthly. When taken monthly, one tablet is taken daily for two days in a row each month.
  • Risedronate must be taken first thing in the morning at least 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything (other than water). You must wait at least 30 minutes after taking the medication before eating or drinking anything other than water or taking any medications. Food, beverages, and medications can interact with risedronate and prevent it from being absorbed into the body.
  • Take risedronate with plain water only (not coffee, juice, soda, or even mineral water).
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water while sitting or standing upright. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking your dosage. The tablets should not be chewed, broken, or sucked on. These precautions are necessary to prevent the drug from irritating your esophagus.
  • You need to make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking this drug, as it cannot build bone without these substances.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Risedronate will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information for Risedronate

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Whether you prefer to take the drug daily, weekly, or monthly
  • Whether you are treating or preventing osteoporosis or treating Paget's disease
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Risedronate Dosing for more information.)
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