Actonel Medication Guide

Actonel® is a prescription medication for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Your doctor may also prescribe Actonel® to help prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Important Safety Information for Actonel® (risedronate sodium) tablets

You should not take Actonel® if you have problems of the esophagus which delay emptying into the stomach, have low blood calcium (hypocalcemia), cannot stand or sit upright for 30 minutes, or are allergic to any of the ingredients. 


Stop taking Actonel® and tell your doctor right away if you have trouble or pain when you swallow, chest pain, or new or worsening heartburn, as these may be signs of serious upper digestive problems. Follow dosing instructions carefully to lower the chance of these events occurring. Regularly talk to your doctor about how long taking Actonel® for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis is right for you.


Side effects may include stomach pain, upset stomach, or back, muscle, bone or joint pain, sometimes severe. Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects, or if you have questions about Actonel®. Promptly tell your doctor if you develop dental problems, as serious jawbone problems have been reported rarely. Inform your doctor of any new or unusual pain in your hip, groin, or thigh as unusual thigh bone fractures have been reported rarely.

Please read the Medication Guide for Actonel®, found at the end of the Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Actonel® is a registered trademark of Warner Chilcott Company, LLC.