What is Risofos?
Risofos is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in woman who have undergone menopause or patients who are taking glucocorticoids. The active ingredient risedronate is considered a bisphosphonates type of medication. The medication works by slowing bone loss to help maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of fractures. Some patients may also use the medication to treat Pagetís disease of bone.
How is Risofos used?
Risofos should be taken orally once per week or as directed by a doctor. The tablets should be taken with a full glass of water in the morning before consuming breakfast. The medication should always be taken with plain water and not mineral water, dairy products or juice as it may interfere with the absorption of the drug. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the condition being treated and the patientís response to the medication. The tablets should be swallowed whole and not split, crushed, chewed or held in the mouth for any length of time.
Risofos may cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Joint pain
- Flu symptoms
- Upset stomach
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Loosening of teeth
- Pain in thigh, hip or groin
- Jaw pain, numbness or swelling
- Worsening heartburn
- Difficult breathing or swallowing
- Chest pain
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Risofos is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.