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Pill that did the opposite affect of boniva (ibandronate) during its r&d beginning something else while its side effect was extreme depletion of calcium?

Pill that did the opposite affect of boniva (ibandronate) during its r&d beginning something else while its side effect was extreme depletion of calcium?

Nonsense: This is exactly what you don't want. Prednisone would do that and causes bone loss. Boniva (ibandronate) is a bisphosphonate like Fosamax and others with main effect being a reduction in bone mineral loss and a progressive net gain in bone mineral mass. There are long term concerns with this class of drugs now regarding diminished strengh of long bones if taken for more than 5 years. ...Read more

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Now that Fosamax and boniva (ibandronate) are suspected of bad side effects on the person's jaw what is being prescribed?

Now that Fosamax and boniva (ibandronate) are suspected of bad side effects on the person's jaw what is being prescribed?

Risk/Benefits: The incidence of the jaw problem or avascular necrosis is still a rare but i agree a know side effect. The studies do show the fracture reduction by the drugs you mentioned still appear to outweigh the risk to the jaw. If you know you may need major dental work it would be helpful to get that done before starting certain medications. ...Read more

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Does boniva (ibandronate) work better than miacalcin?

Does boniva (ibandronate) work better than miacalcin?

Better in what way?: Boniva (ibandronate) is a brand of bisphosphonate used to treat osteoporosis. Miacalcin is a brand of nasal salmon calcitonin also used to treat osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates have stronger outcome studies than calcitonin but also greater risks & side effects eg osteonecrosis of jaw, atypical femur fracture, etc. Which is better for you is best answered by your family doc after discussing your frax score. ...Read more

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Is boniva (ibandronate) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is boniva (ibandronate) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: The fda category is c which means they really don't know its safety profile. My opinion is that you should not take it while pregnant. I would talk to the pediatrician about breastfeeding. ...Read more

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I am having hip pain, started boniva (ibandronate) 3 days ago, I am not getting better. How long until it wears off? What should I do? I can't sleep. I need to know what to do.

I am having hip pain, started boniva (ibandronate) 3 days ago, I am not getting better. How long until it wears off? What should I do? I can't sleep. I need to know what to do.

Bone : Bone pain can happen with this class of medicine and you can take antiiflammatory medication such as advil or Aleve to help with the pain (assuming those medications do not interact with your other meds and you do not have heart or stomach problems). However, you should make sure that your calcium level was checked before you started Boniva (ibandronate) as a low calciium level can trigger bone pain. Additionally, if the bone pain persists or worsens you should see your doctor as a rare type of fragility fracture can occur with the bisphosphonate class of medication. ...Read more

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Once you have taken boniva, (ibandronate) do you take it for life? I have taken it for two years and bone scan has improved.

Once you have taken boniva, (ibandronate) do you take it for life? I have taken it for two years and bone scan has improved.

This : This is a controversial issue. Boniva (ibandronate) can be taken indefinitely for osteoporosis, however some studies show that after about five years there is no further benefit. The good news in your case is that your scan has improved. Your doctor will be able to guide your treatment plan based on your history and the results of your scan. This is something you will decide along with the medical guidance from your provider. Continue to take calcium plus vitamin d daily as prescribed by your doctor, and continue to live a healthy life. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Could using boniva (ibandronate) give you pain under the kneecap?

Could using boniva (ibandronate) give you pain under the kneecap?

Not usually: You can get bone pain with these medications but usually it would be more generalized. Why do you need boniva (ibandronate) at age 42? Osteoporosis at this age uncommon and suggests there is a lot more to your medical history. ...Read more

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Does boniva (ibandronate) cause chest pain?

Possibly: Boniva (ibandronate) is one of the bisphosphonate class of drugs. The oral forms of these all have the potential to irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn which is a form of chest pain. The proper utilization of this medication, which includes remaining upright until the stomach has empties, can reduce this serious side effect in some people. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with osteoporosis . Can i reverse this? With exercise. I read on the internet that the injections (boniva) have bad side effects.

I was just diagnosed with osteoporosis . Can i reverse this? With exercise. I read on the internet that the injections (boniva) have bad side effects.

Osteoporosis: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. Medications need to be cycled to prevent thigh bone fractures. ...Read more

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Pill that did the opposite affect of boniva (ibandronate) during its r&d beginning something else while its side effect was extreme depletion of calcium?

Nonsense: This is exactly what you don't want. Prednisone would do that and causes bone loss. Boniva (ibandronate) is a bisphosphonate like Fosamax and others with main effect being a reduction in bone mineral loss and a progressive net gain in bone mineral mass. There are long term concerns with this class of drugs now regarding diminished strengh of long bones if taken for more than 5 years. ...Read more