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Boniva is also known generically as Ibandronate and can be prescribed for bone loss in cases of osteoporosis. Ibandronate helps prevent bone fractures and slows down bone loss caused by osteoporosis, old age or medications.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. This medication is taken on a monthly schedule. With your doctors direction choose the best day of the month to take your medication and then take it every month on that day.
On the day you take your medication have it as soon as you wake up. Swallow Boniva whole with a tall glass of water at least 60 minutes before having your first meal. You should remain upright for another 60 minutes after taking Boniva. Additionally after having your first meal you should have nothing but water for the next hour.
Make sure you take Boniva at the same time on your schedule day of the month to create a routine for yourself. For optimal results take this medication on time every month. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Boniva. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to esophagus problems, low blood calcium, the inability to remain upright for at least an hour, unable to swallow, stomach disorders, and kidney disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Boniva.
Those who take Boniva can develop jaw bone problems. Schedule regular dental exams to ensure good oral health.
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, redness or swelling where Boniva was injected, weakness, allergic reaction, indigestion, vomiting, joint pain, dizziness, spinning sensation (vertigo), upper respiratory infection, pneumonia, or urinary tract infection.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Boniva?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: This medication is a on a monthly schedule, and you should keep track of the day you take the medication with a calendar or electronic note.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: 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.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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