Actonel for Osteoporosis
One of the most common drugs used for osteoporosis is Actonel® (risedronate sodium). This medicine is a bisphosphonate, and it works by slowing down the rate at which bones break down and encouraging normal bone re-formation. Because of these actions, it can also be given to people who have symptoms of Paget's disease of the bone or who are at risk for developing certain complications associated with this disease.
Some people may be at a higher risk for osteoporosis than others, and Actonel can also be used to prevent this condition from developing. It is currently not approved for use in children, which makes sense, given that osteoporosis is a condition that typically occurs in older adults.
(Click Actonel Uses to learn more, including an overview of osteoporosis, possible off-label uses for this product, and exactly when this medication is prescribed.)