GENERIC NAME: ibandronate
BRAND NAME: Boniva
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
SIDE EFFECTS: Some of the more common side effects of ibandronate include:
- Back pain
- Pain in the legs or arms
- Abdominal pain
- Stomach upset
- Tooth disorder
- Abnormal weakness
Other side effects include:
- Bone pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
Possible serious side effects include:
- Respiratory tract infections
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Low-trauma femoral fractures
- High blood pressure
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.
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