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Review: could Actonel cause Weight gain (Weight increased)?

Summary: Weight gain is found among people who take Actonel, especially for people who are 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Fosamax, and have Osteoporosis. We study 17,389 people who have side effects while taking Actonel from FDA and social media. Among them, 372 have Weight gain. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain and more.

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Actonel has active ingredients of risedronate sodium. It is often used in osteoporosis. (latest outcomes from 17,611 Actonel users)

Weight gain

Weight gain has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, high blood cholesterol. (latest reports from 76,706 Weight gain patients)

On Apr, 29, 2015: 17,389 people reported to have side effects when taking Actonel. Among them, 372 people (2.14%) have Weight Gain.

Trend of Weight gain in Actonel reports

Time on Actonel when people have Weight gain * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Weight gain4.39%30.70%2.63%30.70%14.04%17.54%0.00%

Age of people who have Weight gain when taking Actonel * :

Weight gain0.00%0.00%0.00%0.31%5.28%6.83%33.85%53.73%

Severity of Weight gain when taking Actonel ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Weight gain33.33%33.33%0.00%33.33%

How people recovered from Weight gain ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Osteoporosis (122 people, 32.80%)
  2. Osteopenia (57 people, 15.32%)
  3. Pain (31 people, 8.33%)
  4. Rheumatoid arthritis (30 people, 8.06%)
  5. Diabetes mellitus (20 people, 5.38%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Fosamax (106 people, 28.49%)
  2. Lipitor (48 people, 12.90%)
  3. Aspirin (44 people, 11.83%)
  4. Boniva (40 people, 10.75%)
  5. Lyrica (39 people, 10.48%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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