General considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Atelvia include the following:
- The medication comes in delayed-release tablet form. It is taken once a week, just after breakfast.
- Do not take Atelvia 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 Atelvia.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
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 Atelvia Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Atelvia. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. 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 are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of Atelvia include but are not limited to:
(Click Atelvia Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)