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Ibandronate

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Boniva®

    Uses
    • It is used to put off or treat soft, brittle bones (osteoporosis).
    • It is used to treat Paget's disease.
    • Ibandronate lowers bone loss.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • All products:
    • This drug works best when used with calcium/vitamin D and weight-bearing workouts like walking or PT (physical therapy).
    • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
    • Tablet:
    • Take on an empty stomach before breakfast.
    • Take with a full glass of water at least 60 minutes before the first food, drink, or drugs of the day.
    • Take with plain water only. Avoid taking with mineral water or other drinks.
    • Swallow tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Do not lie down for at least 60 minutes after taking this drug. This stops irritation to the swallowing tube (esophagus).
    • Take 150 mg tablet on the same day each month.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Tablet:
    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not take two 150 mg tablets within the same week.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
    • Shot:
    • Call your doctor for an office visit.

    Storage

    • Tablet:
    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Shot:
    • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to ibandronate or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • Tablet: If you are not able to stand or sit up for an hour.
    • If you have any of these health problems: A swallowing tube (esophagus) that is not normal, low calcium levels, or trouble swallowing.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • If you have a swallowing tube (esophagus) that is not normal or trouble swallowing, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have a bone density test. Talk with your doctor.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
    • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • All products:
    • Belly pain or heartburn.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Bone, joint, or muscle pain may rarely happen.
    • Harm to the jaw bone may rarely happen.
    • A broken leg may rarely happen.
    • Allergic side effects may rarely happen.
    • Shot:
    • Irritation where the shot is given.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Trouble swallowing.
    • Very bad jaw pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad bone, joint, or muscle pain.
    • Very bad groin or thigh pain.
    • Numbness or tingling in your mouth.
    • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
    • Twitching.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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