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Risedronate Delayed-Release

When and How to Take It

General considerations to keep in mind during treatment with risedronate delayed-release include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in delayed-release tablet form. It is taken once a week, just after breakfast.
     
  • Do not take risedronate delayed-release 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 a different time 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.
     

Dosing Information

There is only one standard dosage for this medication. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Risedronate Delayed-Release Dosage for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Risedronate delayed-release can potentially react with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Risedronate Delayed-Release).
 
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