Recommendations for Use
Boniva, also known as Ibandronic acid, is a medication that is classified as bisphosphonate that alters bone formation and breakdown cycle in the body. The treatment is commonly recommended as a preventive drug that decreases the risk of bone fractures. Boniva is also prescribed for female patients after their menopause to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
In addition, the drug can be taken in other cases, not mentioned in the information leaflet.
Taking the medication as prescribed by a healthcare provider you will eliminate the possibility of negative influences on your organism, caused by the treatment. Take the medicine in the exact dose recommended. Never increase or decrease the dose, intake periodicity and duration of the medication course to get the beneficial impact on the organism and experience no side effects and complications. Boniva in tablet form can be administered once a day or once a month, while injectable solution should be applied each three months.
Boniva pill should be taken in the morning on a full stomach with a full glass of water. Never cut, break, chew or suck the tablet, swallow it whole. After you have taken Boniva tablet you should not drink or eat anything, recline or lie, take other drugs, vitamins and supplements for at least an hour. Test bone mineral density often to make sure the medication produces a preferable effect. The treatment cannot be used for more than three-five years. Keep in mind that Boniva is just a single component of a full treatment program that consists of a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements and exercising.
If you are taking Boniva on a daily basis and you have missed one pill, do not take it later, just wait for the next day to use a scheduled dose. Never double or increase the following dose to compensate the missed one; otherwise, you may experience severe complications and side effects from drug overuse.
Precautions and Contraindications
Primarily to the medication administration consult your medical specialist to ensure the useful effect of Boniva on your organism. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, because the treatment may affect the health of a nursing and unborn child. Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to the ingredients of the drug or similar medications. Besides, you should avoid Boniva administration if you suffer from hypocalcaemia, kidney disorders or esophagus problems. Since the medication can lead to severe problems in the esophagus or stomach, don't lie down for at least an hour after its use.
In addition, to adjust the proper dose and other intake peculiarities, your healthcare provider should be aware of other health complications you have. Tell him/her about the following conditions, if any:
• Kidney or liver disorders;
• Problems swallowing;
• Vitamin D deficiency;
• Stomach ulcer and others.
Inform the physician about other remedies you are taking including prescription and OTC drugs, herbal supplements and vitamins to avoid undesirable reactions being the results of drug interactions. Do not combine Boniva course with NSAIDs, aspirin, ibuprofen, meloxicam, celecoxib, naproxen and other drugs intake.
Seek emergency medical help if any complications or bothersome symptoms have appeared. They may include allergic reactions, severe chest pain, irregular heartbeat, numbness, muscle or joint pain, difficulty swallowing, hip or thigh pain, severe diarrhea, dizziness, flu or cold symptoms, persistent headache, stomach disorders, etc.