Risedronate is in a group of medicines called bisphosphonates. It alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. Risedronate slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.
Risedronate is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in men and women. Risedronate is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.
Risedronate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.