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Atelvia DR is a prescription medication used for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Atelvia DR contains risedronate sodium as active ingredient. Risedronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. It works by preventing the breakdown of bone and increasing bone density, which helps to reduce the risk of fractures.
Atelvia DR is a delayed-release tablet that is designed to lower the chance of esophagus problems that can occur with other forms of the medication. It can be used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause.
Use and Dosage
Risedronate is available in delayed-release tablets that should be orally taken once a week in the morning after breakfast. To use Atelvia DR, which contains risedronate sodium in a delayed-release form, take one 35 mg tablet orally once a week, after a meal/following breakfast, swallowed whole without being chewed or crushed.
Remain in an upright position for at least 30 minutes after taking the medication to prevent stomach and esophagus problems. Follow the instructions on the prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist for clarification.
Carefully follow the instructions on your prescription label and seek clarification from your doctor or pharmacist on any unclear parts. Take risedronate as directed without exceeding the prescribed dose or taking it for more extended periods than recommended by your healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of Atelvia DR (Risedronate):
- Back pain
- Flu symptoms
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Stomach pain or upset
Serious Side Effects of Atelvia DR (Risedronate):
- Arm or leg weakness
- Bone fractures
- Bone pain
- Chest pain
- Muscle pain
- Neck pain
- Runny nose
- Sinus infection
- Sore throat
- Swelling of the arms or legs
- Trouble sleeping
- Serious eye symptoms such as: sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights
- Serious heart symptoms such as: fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in your chest; shortness of breath; and sudden dizziness, lightheadedness, or passing out
- Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors
Forms and Strength
Atelvia DR (Risedronate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Atelvia DR: DR Tablet
- 35 mg
- Active upper gastrointestinal problems: use caution when Atelvia is given to patients with these conditions.
- Certain medications: Atelvia may interact with other medications, inform your doctor about any other medications you are taking.
- Esophagus problems: Atelvia DR is designed to lower the chance of esophagus problems that can occur with other forms of the medication.
- Worsening of underlying disease: caution should be used when Atelvia is given to patients with certain underlying diseases.
- Kidney problems: caution should be used when Atelvia is given to patients with kidney problems.
- Unusual thigh bone fractures: in rare cases, people taking Atelvia may experience an unusual type of thigh bone fracture.
- Dental problems: there have been rare reports of jawbone problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) with the use of bisphosphonates, including Atelvia.
- Hypocalcemia: Atelvia may cause low levels of calcium in the blood, inform your doctor if you have a history of calcium or vitamin D deficiency.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Atelvia should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as it may harm the developing baby.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long Atelvia DR should be taken?
The length of time that Atelvia DR should be taken depends on the individual and their specific condition. Follow your doctor's instructions for how long to continue taking the medication.
Can Atelvia DR be crushed or taken with other liquids besides water?
No, Atelvia DR should not be crushed or taken with any liquids besides plain water.
Is Atelvia DR safe for patients with kidney problems?
Caution should be used when Atelvia is given to patients with kidney problems.
It's important to purchase Atelvia DR from verified Canadian pharmacy.