ACTONEL Reviews

Average Rating: 1.4 (1401 Ratings)

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 1  Osteopenia Extreme neck pain, increased back pain, joints hurt, stomach pain, acid reflux. Intolerable for me. Will contact doctor about switching to something else. Taking calcium, D and magnesium since diagnosis. F 63 2 months
150 mg 1X M
11/9/2021
 1  Osteoporosis Took first dose yesterday. Woke up today feeling like I had pulled every muscle in my body from the waist to my neck. Now the diarrhea is setting in. Stomach gurgling and bubbling. Pushed myself to get outside for a short walk around the block...left hip and thigh hurting entire time. I have 2 more pills for 2 more months. Not sure if I want to give them a try to see if this improves. F 49 1 days
1X M
11/8/2021
 1  OP Epic diarrhea. Stabbing stomach pain. Joint and muscle pain. Don't take Actonel. The worst drug ever. Like taking poison. F 73 1 months
150mg 1X M
10/10/2021
 5  Osteoporosis Diarrhea, back and leg pain, headache, extreme fatigue F 61 0 months
150 1X M
9/19/2021
 1  reduced bone density (Dexa) Severe shoulder pain. Muscle pain in all limbs. Pain in hip replacement site!.. Diarrhoea 2xweek for 3months. Stool sample checked&clear. Switched to risedronate after painful effect of one Prolia jab. In despair now. Medics in denial and encourage continuing use. It is known can cause Necrosis of the jaw. Is it worth the risk..... F 71 6 months
30mg a wee 1X W
6/23/2021
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 1  Osteoporosis Appetite loss. Weight loss; 12kg. Debilitating fatigue. Muscle weakness. Muscle spasms. Tinnitus. Sore eyes. Burning lips. Panic attacks. Fear. Loss of confidence. Cramps. Tingly teeth. Difficulty walking. Dry throat. Weak voice. Depression. Commenced Actonel around the same time as I broke an ankle. Blamed symptoms on inactivity due to fracture and at the same time wondered if I had a neurological disorder. Confusing! After my 11th dose I found this page and things started to drop into place. I now believe that this biphosphonate has ruined my life. I was active and independent. The fatigue is indescribable! I will never take another biphosphonate and I hope my side effects eventually abate, because right now, my life is miserable and not worth living. I have become a burden to myself and my loved ones. ACTONEL IS POISON! F 68 11 months
150 mg 1X M
5/1/2021
 1  Severe Osteoporosis From the get go it was a nightmare. I experienced non-stop nausea, feeling faint, headaches and out of it. I previously used fosamax and boniva and thought these were bad. Hold the door and meet actonel. My Dr. advised me to stop. I will stick to supplements but he did want to try a nasal spray. Why are these drugs so dangerous? Everyone has a different experience but I am praying this is out of my system sooner than later. F 62 2 days
1X W
4/13/2021
 4  Osteoperosis No side effects F 62 7 years
150 1X M
12/21/2020
 1  For osteoporosis After one dose felt stomach issues, diarrhea, joint aches in back, hands. Felt overall fatigue, chills, and breakouts on face. I will not be taking any more. Do not take this! The side effects are worse than the initial medical issue. F 57 1 days
35mg/week 1X D
11/30/2020
 1  Osteoporosis Feel dreadful. So tired all the time, feeling so low and depressed. Awful cramps in my legs and feet. I hate taking this medication. I couldn't feel worse. F 68 1 years
35mg 1X W
11/15/2020
 2  Osteoporosis Continual aches in leg muscles and feet. Neck pain, knee pain & headaches. All of these I did not suffer before taking risedronate. Also increased pain around arm where I had a metal plate inserted after a fracture 7 years ago. Obviously I would like to increase my bone health but not if this drug is going to make me suffer this pain & discomfort everyday. I am very frightened about continuing with this drug.There must be another way! F 62 5 weeks
35 1X W
11/5/2020
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 1  Osteo per MD Projectile vomiting, diarrhea, shaking chills, nausea, aches and pains, no appetite. Never again! F 72 2 days
150 mg 1X D
10/22/2020
 1  Osteoporosis 1 dose taken in the mid-afternoon. Woke up at midnight, vomiting. Severe back and hip pain for 24 hours, and I mean really bad, easing in intensity daily over about 10 days. Day 2, muscle pain all over the body kicked off (felt like I'd run a marathon or 3) which gradually eased off over about 3 weeks. Soon after I developed joint pain in knees, feet and elbows especially. Still have that now, and that one dose of Actonel I took was 2 years ago. The joint pain maybe unrelated to the drug, but no-one can tell me what the problem is, so I am a bit suss that it kicked something off in my body that won't settle. I wouldn't risk it unless your bones are in such a bad state that the risk is of side effects is a lesser evil. F 58 1 days
35mg 1X W
10/21/2020
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 1  Osteoporosis 1 dose taken in the mid-afternoon. Woke up at midnight, vomiting. Severe back and hip pain for 24 hours, and I mean really bad, easing in intensity daily over about 10 days. Day 2, muscle pain all over the body kicked off (felt like I'd run a marathon or 3) which gradually eased off over about 3 weeks. Soon after I developed joint pain in knees, feet and elbows especially. Still have that now, and that one dose of Actonel I took was 2 years ago. The joint pain maybe unrelated to the drug, but no-one can tell me what the problem is, so I am a bit suss that it kicked something off in my body that won't settle. I wouldn't risk it unless your bones are in such a bad state that the risk is of side effects is a lesser evil. F 58 1 days
35mg 1X W
10/21/2020
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 1  Osteoporosis Diarrhoea 3 hours after.....exhaustion. Pain ( not aches actual pain) mostly in areas where I had a past injury. Vague, poor memory. Been in bed for 2 weeks....not taking 2nd dose this drug is awful F 58 30 days
10/16/2020
 1  Osteoporosis Extreme fatigue, achy muscles, headache, loss of appetite, cough, fever, diarrhea, eye pain, nausea, indigestion, unable to sleep first night. I will no longer take this drug. Hope it's out of my system sooner than later without any damage to my body. Missed two days of work and hoping I can go in tomorrow. F 57 2 days
150mg 1X M
10/13/2020
 2  Osteoporosis I took fosamax for 9 months n gave me reflex, so I stop n now my dr change it to actonel but it gives me stomach cramps. I'm so confuse now , I want to stop taking it but I'm also afraid not to take it ? Stress me out. My bone scan is T-2.7 F 69 1 days
150 1X M
9/25/2020
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 1  Osteoporosis Whole body aches and pains like I was getting the flu. Severe groin, hip and thigh pain, severe wrist pain, blurred vision, nausea, stomach pain and unable to sleep. I took one dose of Actonel and I feel like I have poisoned my body. I am praying that these shocking effects will leave my body soon and that my sick, aching body will eventually forgive me. I am horrified that I took this drug believing it would help my bones, how could it when it can actually fracture your femur and seriously damage your jawbone! I will never take a bisphosphonate drug again, they are pure poison! F 61 1 weeks
35mg 1X W
9/25/2020
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 1  Osteoporosis Whole body aches and pains like I was getting the flu. Severe groin, hip and thigh pain, severe wrist pain, blurred vision, nausea, stomach pain and unable to sleep. I took one dose of Actonel and I feel like I have poisoned my body. I am praying that these shocking effects will leave my body soon and that my sick, aching body will eventually forgive me. I am horrified that I took this drug believing it would help my bones, how could it when it can actually fracture your femur and seriously damage your jawbone! I will never take a bisphosphonate drug again, they are pure poison! F 61 1 weeks
35mg 1X W
9/15/2020
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 1  Osteopina POISON! 2 Doses and I have such severe joint pain in my hands and wrists, severe stomach cramps can't move my neck, feels like someone pulled the plug, severe weakness. Done with this stuff before it kills me. Recommend calcium and Vit D. Forget this stuff. Just hope it clears out soon and I can feel better. F 61 2 weeks
35 mg 1X W
8/31/2020
  

ACTONEL  (RISEDRONATE SODIUM):  Risedronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis) in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases as you age, after menopause, or if you are taking corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for a long time. This medication works by slowing bone loss to help maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures). Risedronate belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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