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Known as Bonviva internationally


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

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;

chest pain, new or worsening heartburn; difficulty or pain when swallowing; pain or burning under the ribs or in the back; severe heartburn, burning pain in your upper stomach, or coughing up blood; new or unusual pain in your thigh or hip; jaw pain, numbness, or swelling; severe joint, bone, or muscle pain; or low calcium levels - muscle spasms or contractions, numbness or tingly feeling (around your mouth, or in your fingers and toes).


What is Boniva?

Boniva is a medication that is used to prevent and treat a type of bone loss known as Osteoporosis. This is a disease that causes your bones to become thinner over time and break much easier. Boniva is a medication that helps slow down bone loss and helps to maintain strong bones, and reduces the risk of fractures. Boniva comes in the one dose, which is 150mg. It is also known as Bonviva internationally.


How long should you take Boniva?

Typically this medication is only taken once every month. As for how many months, that is something you should discuss with your doctor.


How long do the side effects of Boniva last?

Many of the flu-like symptoms disappear after a time frame of 24 to 48 hours. However, if they do persist, it is perhaps best to speak with your doctor.


What are the side effects of the drug Boniva?

What is listed here are considered the most common side effects of Boniva.  These should pass with time; however, if these side effects do persist or worsen, you should speak with your doctor. The side effects are as follows; Headache, back pain, redness or swelling of the eyes, diarrhea, nausea or upset stomach, flu-like symptoms, weakness, indigestions, allergic reaction, vomiting, dizziness, and vertigo. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication. If you have any questions regarding this medication, consult with your doctor.


How long does Boniva stay in your system?

Boniva can stay in your system from up to 12 to 13 days since its half-life is 157 hours, which is approximately 6.5 days.


How much is Boniva?

While the average price per pill in the United States is a bit expensive, you can find Boniva and its generic alternative, Ibandronate for an affordable price on an approved online Canadian pharmacy, such as My Drug Center. Our starting price for three tablets is $69.00.


Who manufactures Boniva?

Boniva is manufactured by a company called Hoffmann La Roche. Its approval date was March 24th, 2005.

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