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While most people have no problems when taking Actonel With Calcium, side effects are possible. Commonly reported side effects of Actonel (which are likely with this drug) include joint pain, stomach pain, back pain, and diarrhea. If you experience any side effects of Actonel With Calcium, or if something "just doesn't feel right," let your healthcare provider know right away.

An Introduction to Actonel With Calcium Side Effects

(Actonel With Calcium has been discontinued by its manufacturer. Other forms of Actonel are still available. See the appropriate Actonel articles within eMedTV.com for more information about this medication.) 


As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Actonel® With Calcium (risedronate and calcium); 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 With Calcium. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Actonel With Calcium side effects with you.)

Common Actonel With Calcium Side Effects

Most of the information known about Actonel With Calcium side effects comes from studies of Actonel (without the calcium). 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.
Common side effects of calcium (and therefore probably of Actonel With Calcium) include:
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Bloating.
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