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Actonel: Oral tablet

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Actonel 30mg Tab
Warner Chilcott Inc formerly P&G Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: 30 mg  |  RSN
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Actonel 5mg Tab
Warner Chilcott Inc formerly P&G Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: RSN  |  5mg
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Actonel 30mg Tab
Actavis- US Brands formerly Warner Chilcott PLC
Pill Identification: 30 mg  |  RSN
How This Drug Works
Bisphosphonates
Bisphosphonates help build stronger bones and reverse the effects of bone loss by slowing down the bone re-absorption process by blocking the target site on bone cells that are selected for reabsorption.
"Bisphosphonates help build stronger bones and reverse the effects of bone loss. <br> <br> The body normally manages the rate bone is formed and broken down through two types of cells. Osteoclasts, break down or reabsorb bone, and osteoblasts, build up new bone. If osteoblasts can not rebuild bone faster than it is broken down, this can result in weak and thinning bones which are more likely to fracture or break. <br> <br> Bisophosphonates help by slowing down the bone re&#45;absorption process by blocking the target site on bone cells that are selected for reabsorption. When osteoclasts attempt to stick to the bone cells to reabsorb the bone, bisphosphonates prevent the osteoclast from sticking to the bone surface and creating the &#34;ruffled border,&#34; the seal between the osteoclast and bone, so bone can not be re-absorbed. <br><br> This results in the bone maintaining its strength and density."
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Actonel: Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

RISEDRONATE (ris ED roe nate) reduces calcium loss from bones. It helps make healthy bone and to slow bone loss in patients with Paget's disease and osteoporosis. It may be used in others at risk for bone loss.

Similar Generic Drugs : Risedronate: Oral tablet

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Actonel: Oral tablet
Usage by Gender
91.3%
8.7%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
0.0%
0.31%
22.33%
77.36%
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