Atelvia DR (Risedronate)

Atelvia DR

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Atelvia (Risedronate) is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss, specifically osteoporosis in adults. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and more prone to breaking, and the medication works by slowing down bone loss, helping to maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of fractures

Risedronate belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates. It is available as a delayed-release tablet and may be used as part of a combination therapy, possibly requiring the intake of calcium or vitamin D supplements to strengthen bones and prevent fractures


  • Take Atelvia exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Take it once a week, with or immediately after breakfast.
  • Choose a consistent day of the week for each dose and stick to that schedule.
  • Take it with at least half a glass (4 ounces) of plain water.
  • Swallow the tablet whole. Do not cut, crush, chew, or suck on it.
  • Stay upright (sitting, standing, or walking) for at least 30 minutes after taking it.


  • Don't take Atelvia at bedtime or while still in bed.
  • Don't take it with any other beverages besides plain water.
  • Don't take it with certain medications that can interfere with absorption, like calcium or iron supplements, some vitamins, antacids, laxatives, quinapril, didanosine, sucralfate, or bismuth subsalicylate. Discuss these medications with your healthcare provider.
  • Don't take Atelvia for longer than prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Don'tmiss doses or forget to take it regularly.

The common side effects of Atelvia DR (risedronate) may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Muscle pain
  • Back and joint pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach area (abdominal) pain

Serious side effects of Atelvia DR are rare but may include:

  • Severe bone, joint, or muscle pain, which may necessitate discontinuation of Atelvia DR in some individuals
  • Uveitis (eye inflammation)
  • Severe abdominal or stomach pain
  • Skin rash
  • Rarely, other side effects such as esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), esophageal ulcers, esophageal erosions, or jaw problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) associated with delayed healing and infection after tooth extraction

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Atelvia dr, contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Inform your healthcare provider if you are allergic to risedronate or any ingredients in Atelvia DR.

Disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to your healthcare provider before using Atelvia DR, especially:

  • Kidney disease
  • Inability to stay upright or stand for at least 30 minutes
  • Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
  • Esophageal problems (stricture, achalasia)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stomach/intestinal disorders (ulcers)

Risedronate may cause serious jawbone problems. Tell your healthcare provider about any jaw pain you experience. Your healthcare provider may examine your mouth before starting this medication and your healthcare provider should be aware you are taking it.

Inform your healthcare provider and healthcare provider about Atelvia DR and all other medications you take before any surgery, especially dental procedures. They may advise you to stop taking Atelvia DR beforehand.

Atelvia DR should not be used during pregnancy. Risedronate may stay in your body for a long time, and discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider if you plan to become pregnant.

It is unknown if risedronate passes into breast milk. Consult your healthcare provider before breastfeeding.

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Delayed Release Tablet

Strength(s): 35mg
Quantities Available: 4, 12
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