ibandronate, Boniva (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: 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:

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 2/25/2015

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