Boniva for Osteoporosis

What is Boniva used for?

Boniva (ibandronate sodium) is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. Boniva may increase bone mass by slowing loss of bone in most women who take it, even though they won't be able to see or feel a difference. Boniva may help lower the chances of breaking bones (fractures). For Boniva to treat or prevent osteoporosis, you have to take it as prescribed. Boniva will not work if you stop taking it.

Who should not take Boniva?

You should not take Boniva if you:

  • have low blood calcium (hypocalcemia).
  • cannot sit or stand up for at least 1 hour (60 minutes) after taking Boniva.
  • have kidneys that work very poorly.
  • are allergic to ibandronate sodium or any of the other ingredients of Boniva.

Special Warnings:

Boniva may cause serious problems in the stomach and the esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach) such as trouble swallowing, heartburn, and ulcers.

What should I tell my health care provider?

Tell your health care provider if you:

  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. are breast-feeding.
  • have swallowing problems or other problems with your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach).
  • have kidney problems.