Actonel Side Effects

Common side effects of Actonel include joint pain, back pain, and abdominal pain. However, most people tolerate the medicine well. If more serious Actonel side effects occur (such as difficulty swallowing or signs of an allergic reaction), be sure to notify your healthcare provider immediately.

An Introduction to Actonel Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Actonel® (risedronate sodium). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Actonel. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Actonel side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Actonel

Actonel has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Actonel included:
Other common Actonel side effects (occurring in 2 to 9 percent of people) included:
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Neck pain
  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Prostate enlargement (in men), also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH
  • Leg cramps.
Several side effects were common in people taking Actonel, but were also common in those not taking it. Therefore, it is difficult to know with certainty if Actonel caused these side effects or not. A few of these possible side effects included:
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