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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Actonel, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
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Appetite 0% 10% 90% 0% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 9.1% 0% 81.8% 9.1% 0%
Blood Pressure 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Breathing 10% 0% 90% 0% 0%
Confidence 10% 0% 90% 0% 0%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 0% 81.8% 18.2% 0%
Digestion 0% 20% 70% 10% 0%
Emotional Well-being 10% 0% 90% 0% 0%
Energy 10% 0% 80% 10% 0%
Eyesight 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Memory 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Mental Clarity 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Pain 10% 10% 80% 0% 0%
Patience 10% 0% 90% 0% 0%
Sexual Health 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Skin Complexion 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Sleep 10% 0% 90% 0% 0%
Stress Level 10% 0% 90% 0% 0%
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Commonly Reported Actonel Side Effects
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Anxiety 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Diarrhea 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Heartburn 90% 0% 0% 0% 10%
Hot Flashes / Flushing 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Indigestion 80% 10% 0% 10% 0%
Leg and/or Foot Cramping 72.7% 9.1% 0% 9.1% 9.1%
Muscle / Joint Pain 72.7% 0% 0% 18.2% 9.1%
Nausea 70% 20% 0% 0% 10%
Stomach Ache 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Actonel Side Effects
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Bone Damage 80% 0% 0% 20% 0%
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Episodes since taking Actonel
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06 Jul 2010 My mother was prescribed Actonel by a visiting locum within 48 hours she experienced a tingling sensation all over her body, followed by horrific pain in all her joints which has continued for another 3 weeks and is ongoing. She is also experiencing night sweats, often having to change her pyjamas twice during the night. She is 72, has diabetes and hypertension. I am appalled that a locum would prescribe this without looking at the rest of her medication and medical condition. She is still incapacitated and we are still waiting for answers. Is there an antidote?
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22 Dec 2009 I have not had any problems with it. I have not had any tests done to tell me how it is working, however, I am hoping that when I have my next bone density test, the density will have improved.
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15 Sep 2009 48 hrs after taking one pill my leg muscles gave out . I fell and damaged my knee. I now have to see a doctor and get an mri to see the extent of damage from this poison.
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23 Jun 2009 just started 2 months ago, not much to say yet!
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