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Side Effects of Risedronate

While most people have no problems when taking risedronate, side effects may occur. Commonly reported side effects include joint pain, back pain, and abdominal pain. These are typically minor and easily treated. If more serious side effects of risedronate occur, such as difficulty swallowing or signs of an allergic reaction, be sure to notify your healthcare provider right away.

Side Effects of Risedronate: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with risedronate sodium (Actonel®). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with risedronate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of risedronate side effects with you.)

Serious Risedronate Side Effects

Some risedronate side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Throat pain, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing (which may be signs of ulcers of the esophagus)
  • Severe heartburn or heartburn that does not go away
  • Severe bone, muscle, or joint pain
  • Jaw or tooth problems
  • Anxiety
  • An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Groin or thigh pain, as these might be symptoms of a rare type of broken bone that has been reported with medications like risedronate 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
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