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Generic name: Ibrandronate sodiumBrand names: Boniva

Why is Boniva prescribed?

Boniva is a prescription medicine used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. Boniva may reverse bone loss by stopping more loss of bone and increasing bone mass 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.

Most important fact about Boniva

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.

How should you take Boniva?

Take Boniva first thing in the morning at least 1 hour before you eat, drink anything other than plain water, or take any other oral medicine. Take Boniva with 6 to 8 ounces (about 1 full cup) of plain water. Swallow Boniva whole. Do not chew or suck the tablet or keep it in your mouth to melt or dissolve. You must wait at least 1 hour before lying down, eating/drinking, or taking other oral medications.

  • If you miss a dose...If your next scheduled Boniva day is more than 7 days away, take one Boniva 150 mg tablet in the morning following the day that you remember. Then return to taking one Boniva 150 mg tablet every month in the morning of your chosen day, according to your original schedule.

Do not take two 150 mg tablets within the same week. If your next scheduled Boniva day is only 1 to 7 days away, wait until your next scheduled day to take your tablet. Then return to taking one Boniva 150mg tablet every month in the morning of your chosen day, according to your original schedule.

  • Storage instructions...Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Boniva.

  • Side effects may include:Diarrhea, pain in extremities (arms or legs), upset stomach

Why should Boniva not be prescribed?

Do not take Boniva if you, have low blood calcium (hypocalcemia), cannot sit or stand up for at least 1 hour, have kidneys that work very poorly, or are allergic to ibandronate sodium or any of the other ingredients in Boniva.

Special warnings about Boniva

Avoid lying down within 1 hour of taking Boniva; also, do not eat, drink (except plain water), or take any oral medications within 1 hour of taking Boniva.

Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking to prevent a possible interaction with Boniva. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have swallowing problems or other problems with your esophagus, kidney problems, or you are planning a dental procedure such as pulling a tooth.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Boniva

If Boniva is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Boniva with any other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medication.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

The effects of Boniva during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking Boniva if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Recommended dosage for Boniva


The usual dosage of Boniva is one 150-milligram tablet once a month.


Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Boniva Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Boniva Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Boniva MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Boniva Consumer Overview

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