Risedronate is the generic name given to a drug which is commonly used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in some patients. It can be used by physicians to treat other ailments. Actonel is a bisphosphonate as it works to slow bone loss.
Alcohol can be used but it may cause dizziness and it is suggested you do not drive or do any other unsafe work until you know how you react to the drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Risedronate should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Do not use this drug if you are allergic to any ingredient in the drug, if you have esophagus problems that delay emptying, you are not able to stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes, you have low blood calcium levels or severe kidney problems.
Less serious side effects are back pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, joint pain, flu like symptons, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, mild stomach pain or nausea. If these occur call your physician for advice.
serious side effects are severe allergic reactions, rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, unusual hoarseness bloody stools, chest pain, coughing or vomiting blood, painful swallowing, mouth sores, severe heartburn, painful or difficult urination, severe bone, muscle or joint pain, severe headache, dizziness, blurred vision, persistent sore throat, stomach pain, swelling or pain in the jaw, eye pain, swelling redness or sensitivity to light. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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