Actonel Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medicine. Your doctor or health care professional may order blood tests and other tests to see how you are doing.
You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine, unless your doctor tells you not to. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Some people who take this medicine have severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain. This medicine may also increase your risk for a broken thigh bone. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain in your upper leg or groin. Tell your doctor if you have any pain that does not go away or that gets worse.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Abdominal or stomach pain
Abdominal or stomach pain (severe)
cramping of the stomach
Red, sore eyes
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
difficulty with breathing
muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
shortness of breath
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
cough or hoarseness
fever or chills
lower back or side pain
painful or difficult urination
Acid or sour stomach
bloody or cloudy urine
blurred vision or change in vision
body aches or pains
difficult, burning, or painful urination
difficulty with moving
dryness or soreness of the throat
frequent urge to urinate
general feeling of discomfort or illness
muscle pain or stiffness
pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
pounding in the ears
ringing in the ears
slow or fast heartbeat
stomach discomfort or upset
swelling of the feet or lower legs
tender swollen glands in the neck
loss of appetite
passing of gas
redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue
tightness in the chest
troubled breathing with exertion
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.