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    Brand Name:Boniva
    Generic:Ibandronate Sodium
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2003-05-16 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Roche Laboratories, Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Boniva

Boniva 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.

Side Effects of Boniva

Stop taking Boniva and call your health care provider right away if you have:

  • pain or trouble with swallowing
  • chest pain
  • very bad heartburn or heartburn that does not get better

Boniva may cause:

  • pain or trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
  • heartburn (esophagitis)
  • ulcers in your stomach or esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach)

Common side effects with Boniva are:

  • diarrhea
  • pain in extremities (arms or legs)
  • upset stomach (dyspepsia)

For more detailed information about Boniva, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.

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.
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