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Frequently reported side effects of Atelvia include back pain, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Fortunately, if any problems do occur, they tend to be mild and easily treated. However, there are some potentially serious reactions to be aware of. For example, if you experience difficulty swallowing, wheezing, or severe heartburn with this drug, contact your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Atelvia Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Atelvia™ (risedronate delayed-release). 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Atelvia. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Atelvia

Atelvia 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 taking a similar medication. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group taking the similar medication.
In these studies, the most common Atelvia side effects included:
  • Diarrhea -- in up to 8.8 percent of people
  • The flu (influenza) -- up to 7.2 percent
  • Joint pain -- up to 6.8 percent
  • Back pain -- up to 6.8 percent
  • Stomach pain (abdominal pain) -- up to 5.2 percent.
Other common reactions (occurring in 2 to 5 percent of people) included:
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Bronchitis
  • Upper respiratory tract infection, such as the common cold
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain in an arm or leg
  • Dizziness
  • Headache.
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