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  Sep 26, 2018
Acris; Acris Once-a-Month
Acris; Acris Once-a-Month
  Sep 26, 2018
contains the active ingredient risedronate sodium

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about ACRIS.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking ACRIS against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine.
You may need to read it again.

What ACRIS is used for

ACRIS is used for bone disease and belongs to a group of medicines called bisphosphonates. It is used to treat:
osteoporosis (brittle or fragile bones that may fracture easily)
osteoporosis caused by taking steroids.

Understanding bone

Bone is a living tissue consisting of calcium and other minerals.
Throughout life, old bone is constantly broken down and replaced with new bone. After the age of 35, bone loss may occur faster than your body can replace it. If you lose too much bone then they become weaker and are more likely to break.
ACRIS works by helping to:
slow down the process of removing old bone. This allows the bone-forming cells time to rebuild normal bone.
maintaining and increasing bone density by rebuilding bone mass.