Actonel With Calcium (Risedronate Sodium plus Calcium Carbonate) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Actonel with Calcium
Actonel with Calcium is two different active ingredients that are packaged together. Actonel (generic name Risedronate) is used for treatment and prevention of certain types of osteoporosis (a condition characterized by decrease in the bone density) such as menopausal osteoporosis or steroid-induced osteoporosis. A bisphosphonate, Actonel, works by slowing down bone loss while improving bone mass. The addition of Calcium helps assist the body in the formation of bone.
Side Effects for Actonel with Calcium
Patients who buy Actonel with Calcium may experience certain side effects. The most common and less serious side effects of this medication include the following: headache, diarrhea, constipation, back pain, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea, mild skin rash, mild heartburn, stomach upset, or pain while urinating. Do not stop the medication if you experience any of the above symptoms. In case any of the above symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor.
Less common but serious side effects of this medication include the following: severe muscle, joint, or bone pain, chest pain, severe heartburn, difficult or painful swallowing, black/tarry stools, or jaw pain. Stop your medication and immediately consult your doctor if you notice any of the above symptoms.
An allergic reaction to this drug is rare. With that said, one should make note of the following symptoms that accompany an allergic reaction: difficulty breathing, severe dizziness, skin rashes, or swelling/itching (especially of the tongue/face/throat). If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, immediately stop your medication and seek emergency medical help.
Before you buy Actonel with Calcium, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have: liver disease, kidney disease, trouble swallowing, stomach/intestinal disorders, or esophageal problems.
Some people who take bisphosphonates have reported developing osteonecrosis or bone loss in the jaw. Symptoms of this condition are: swelling, numbness, pain in the jaw, or gum infection. Certain medical conditions such as anemia or dental problems may increase your risk of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw. Cancer patients or individuals who have been treated with chemotherapy are also at an increased risk of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw. This is why it is imperative that you apprise your doctor of your medical history before taking this medication.
Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and women who are planning to become pregnant while on Actonel with Calcium should use this medicine only after receiving a go ahead from their doctors..
Actonel with Calcium Dosage
Generally, the dosage of Actonel is once a week. Before you take Actonel, there are a few things you need to keep in mind: (1) take this medicine first thing in the morning with a full glass (6-8 ounces) of water. Do not take this medicine while you are still in the bed or with any other beverages. (2) You must stay upright (sitting, standing, or walking) for at least 30 minutes after taking this medicine. In other words, you should not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking Actonel. (3) Do not take any other medicine for 30 minutes after taking this medication. (4) You must wait for at least 30 minutes after taking Actonel before eating or drinking anything other than water.
Take the calcium tablet once daily, except on the day you take Actonel. You should take the calcium tablets with food.
Actonel with Calcium may interact with certain drugs. You must tell your doctor about all the medications, including prescription-based, over-the-counter, and herbal medicines that you are taking.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.