Boniva (Ibandronate) Product Information
Boniva is a prescription treatment for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where bone density is decreased and increase in fragility.
When you are suffering from osteoporosis after the menopause you may be treated with Boniva.
Your doctor will tell you how to take the tablets and you must stick to the advice that they give you and not take either more or less.
Boniva is usually take once monthly. It should be taken in the morning an hour before you eat, drink or take other medication. There should be a full glass of water used and it must be swallowed whole. For the next hour you should not lie down.
Although you may avoid side effects there are things that you need to look out for. You need to see the doctor if:
- You think you are allergic to the drug or any of the ingredients in it
- You develop hives or a rash
- You have breathing problems
- Parts of your face swell
If you get the following side effects then stop taking the medication and contact the doctor:
- Chest pain
- Back and rib pain
- Coughing up blood
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Joint and muscle pain
There is also a risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw – the bone begins to fail – and this could occur if you have suffered from cancer and undergone radiation treatment or chemotherapy.
There are previous and ongoing conditions that can prevent you from using Boniva. Before starting to use the medication tell the doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any of the following conditions: –
- Low calcium levels
- Kidney disease
- Esophagus problems and trouble swallowing
- Inability to be upright for an hour
- Dental problems
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant then you should inform the doctor before they prescribe Boniva and also speak to them if you get pregnant once treatment has started. It is also unknown whether the medication can be passed into breast milk, so again you need to tell the doctor if you are breastfeeding in order to prevent harm to the unborn child.