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Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium) Tablet

General Information

Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium) is used to treat and prevent a certain type of bone loss like osteoporosis. It causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases after menopause, as you age. This also happens if you are taking corticosteroid medications like prednisone for long periods.


How does Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium) Tablet work?

Bone is in a continuous state of remodeling. New bone is placed down by cells called osteoblasts while old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts. Bisphosphonates make the bone stronger by inhibiting bone removal or resorption by osteoclasts. After menopause, there is an increased rate of bone loss leading to osteoporosis. Ibandronate has been shown to raise bone density and lessen breakages of bones.


Why use Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium) Tablet?

Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium) is a nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate that prevents osteoclast-mediated bone resorption. This is available as a white, oblong, and 150mg film-coated tablet for once-monthly oral administration. In May 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this treatment.

How to use Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium) Tablet?

The dose is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. This tablet should be taken on the same day each month. The usual dose of this is 150mg to be taken orally. Take it at least 60minutes before the first food or drink of the day or before other oral medication. After taking the medicine, do not lie down for at least 60 minutes. Follow your doctor’s prescription very carefully to avoid some complications.


What are the side-effects of Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium) Tablet?

  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Sore throat, fever, chills, cough, and other signs of infection
  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Painful urination

If you experience any of the following, call your doctor right away before taking any more of this medication:

  • Rash
  • Upper chest pain
  • Pain on swallowing
  • New or worsening heartburn
  • Painful or swollen gums
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Numbness or heavy feeling in the jaw
  • Poor healing of the jaw
  • Dull, aching pain in the hips, groin, or thighs

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before taking Boniva (Ibandronate Sodium), tell your doctor if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications.
  • You should not share this to others with the same condition as yours without consulting.
  • If your pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult first your doctor.
  • Keep this away from the reach of children or from your pets.