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The standard dose of risedronate delayed-release is one 35-mg tablet, taken by mouth, once a week. The medication should be taken right after breakfast, and you should remain in an upright position for at least 30 minutes after taking it. This precaution helps prevent esophageal irritation from occurring. If you can't do this, you may need a different medication.

An Introduction to Your Risedronate Delayed-Release Dosage

There is only one standard dosage for risedronate delayed-release (Atelvia™), regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Dosage for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

The recommended dose for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis is one risedronate delayed-release 35 mg tablet, taken once a week right after breakfast. Choose a day that is convenient and easy to remember, and stick with that day each week.

General Information on Taking Risedronate Delayed-Release

Considerations to keep in mind during treatment with risedronate delayed-release include the following:
  • The medication comes in the form of a delayed-release tablet. It is taken once a week, just after breakfast.
  • Do not take a risedronate delayed-release dosage on an empty stomach, as this greatly increases the chance of stomach pain (abdominal pain).
  • Swallow the tablets whole with at least four ounces of water while sitting or standing upright. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking a dose of this medication. 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 you get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking the medication, as it cannot build bone without these substances. However, these supplements should be taken at different times of the day, at least on the days that you take risedronate delayed-release.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with risedronate delayed-release, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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