ibandronate, Boniva

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: ibandronate

BRAND NAME: Boniva

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES: Ibandronate is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis in women after menopause. The optimum duration of treatment has not been established and treatment should be evaluated periodically.

SIDE EFFECTS: Some of the more common side effects of ibandronate include:

Other side effects include:

  • Bone pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain

Possible serious side effects include:

Low calcium levels may occur if calcium and vitamin D intake is not adequate. Severe irritation of the esophagus (for example, esophagitis, esophageal ulcers, esophageal erosions) can occur. This occurs more often when patients do not drink enough water with ibandronate, wait less than 60 minutes before lying down after taking ibandronate, or continue to take ibandronate after developing symptoms of esophageal irritation. Ibandronate should not be used by individuals with abnormalities of the esophagus.

Patients may experience jaw problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) associated with delayed healing and infection after tooth extraction.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/9/2016

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