Boniva 150 mg

Generic Name: Ibandronate 150 mg
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Boniva Facts

Ibandronate is the generic name for the drug marketed as Boniva by GlaxoSmithKline and Roche Laboratories.

Nearly 3,000 women participated in clinical trials for ibandronate (Boniva) over a period of three years.

GlaxoSmithKline, a partner with Roche Laboratories in the development of Boniva, employs more than 100,000 people worldwide.

The FDA approved ibandronate (Boniva) in 2003 for the treatment of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.


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  • Bonviva

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Boniva General Information

The generic name for Boniva is ibandronate. Ibandronate is used to treat osteoporosis.

How does Boniva Work

Boniva prevents the breakdown of bones by bone cells called osteoclasts, changing the cycle of bone formation and loss. Taking Boniva can result in an increase in bone strength and may reduce the risk of hip fractures and other bone fractures. The decrease in bone fractures is a direct result of increasing bone mass and slowing bone loss. It is commonly given to women who have experienced menopause and it offers them the ability to go against the aging process which includes bone loss. As bone mass decreases, the bone vulnerability goes up, hence why so many elderly people experience hip fractures more than the young.

How to take Boniva

Boniva should be taken first thing in the morning an hour prior to eating or drinking anything. It is either taken once a day or once each month or can be given intravenously every three months. Due to a possibility of esophageal complications, it is necessary to stay upright for one hour after taking this medication. Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water. This drug is only a segment of the treatment needed to strengthen bones. Diet changes, exercise and various supplements are also utilized with this treatment. If a person taking Boniva has a vitamin D deficiency, kidney disease or an ulcer of the stomach or esophagus, adjustments in dosage must closely monitored or altered for safety.

Side Effects

It is important that a person taking Boniva pays close attention to any major changes with their body. The following may be adverse effects caused by Boniva and must be reported to a physician.

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty or pain swallowing
  • Pain or burning under the ribs and or the back
  • New or worsening heartburn
  • Severe joint, bone, or muscle pain
  • Jaw pain, numbness or swelling

Less serious side effects may be:

  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Redness or swelling of the eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu symptoms
  • Redness or swelling at injection point
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Pain in arms or legs

Other Brand Names

Other brand names for Boniva are Bonviva and Bondronet.

Safety Information:

Boniva should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women or by someone who is unable to sit up for one hour.

Dosage:

Boniva tablets come in doses of:

  • 2.5mg
  • 150mg. IV injection is 3mg/3ml.

Visual Description:

Boniva is a small white tablet. It is oval in shape and has the imprint "BNVA" on one side. The opposite side has an imprint of the specific dosage, either "150" or "2.5".