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Boniva is made up of ibandronate (a bisphosphonate medicine) that comes in tablet form for oral administration. We carry both the generic and brand choice (Boniva) of ibandronate. The generic version may have a different appearance and price but they are both made up of the same active ingredient (ibandronate) and both are available in 150mg doses.
Boniva is prescribed when bones become thinner and break more easily, this condition is medically known as Osteoporosis. This condition can occur to anyone as they age, but is most commonly seen in women who have experienced menopause. It can also occur when a person uses corticosteroid medications for too long.
Ibandronate works by altering bone formation and breakdown in the body, this creates bone loss to become less rapid and also helps prevent bone fractures. Ibandronate reduces the chance of having a spinal fracture by increasing bone mass.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Never take more or less of a dosage than directed and never stop taking this medication before consulting your doctor.
Take this medication as soon as you wake up.
Swallow this medication whole with a full glass of water 60 minutes prior to your first meal. Once you do have your first meal, only drink water for the following hour.
Do not lie down for an hour after taking Boniva.
To ensure you do not miss a dose, get yourself on a routine schedule by taking the medication at the same time every day.
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have as well.
Do not use this medication if you have a serious kidney disease, or if you have low levels of calcium.
If you can’t swallow tablets or if you can’t sit upright for extended periods of time, it is suggested you do not take Boniva.
Taking Boniva can cause serious problems in both the stomach and esophagus. It can also cause serious jawbone problems as well. If you suspect any of these conditions arising, consult your doctor right away.
This medication stays in the body for many years and should be known before taking as the effects of this medication have not yet been established. It is not known whether it travels into breast milk.
Side effects for Boniva are: back pain, headache, redness or swelling of your eyes, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, nausea or stomach upset, pain in your arms or legs, weakness, allergic reaction, indigestion, vomiting, joint pain, dizziness, and spinning sensation (vertigo).
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Serious side effects include;
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A relapse in symptoms may occur and you may experience harsher side effects. Speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take for Boniva?
150mg once a month. Take it on the same day of every month you take this medication.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget, don’t take it mid-day; wait till the next morning to take your missed dose. Return back to your regular schedule afterwards. If you next dose is within 7 days, skip the missed dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
How do I dispose of this medication?
Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
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