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Dr. Padmavati Garvey Dr. Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Tim Conrad
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. David Surdyka Dr. Surdyka
Orthopedic Surgery
29 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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

Dr. William Banks Hinshaw Dr. Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
39 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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Does boniva (ibandronate) cause chest pain?

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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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Eduardo Haddad Dr. Haddad
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
42 years in practice
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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Is boniva (ibandronate) as likely to break a femur as fosomax?

Is boniva (ibandronate) as likely to break a femur as fosomax?

No: Boniva (ibandronate) won't break anything. It's designed to help not to break bones. It works as well as fosamax, but is taken once monthly vs. Fosamax that is taken once weekly. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER Dr. WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
29 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Is boniva (ibandronate) better than miacalcin for osteoporosis?

Is boniva (ibandronate) better than miacalcin for osteoporosis?

I believe so: The studies that have been done do show miacaclcin to be a better drug overall but particularly hip fractures which are so important. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Singer Dr. Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
54 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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What side effects can you experience from Fosamax or boniva (ibandronate)?

What side effects can you experience from Fosamax or boniva (ibandronate)?

Fosamax/Boniva: Before taking either of those meds you should go online and learn about those two drugs. Yes, some wording will be hard to understand but there is always material designed for patients. Basically each of the above drugs are OK for almost all patients needing treatment for the bones. ...Read more

Dr. Joy Jackson Dr. Jackson
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
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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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Dr. Robert Lang Dr. Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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Does boniva (ibandronate) and other drugs for osteoporosis really grow dead bone?

Does boniva (ibandronate) and other drugs for osteoporosis really grow dead bone?

No: First, with osteoporosis, the bone i not dead it is only decreased in amount bone is living and has the ability to heal. People with osteoporosis will heal a fracture. Boniva (ibandronate) slows the rate of bone loss but does not stimulate the growth of new bone. However, since the body continues to make bone, the density usually goes up with Boniva (ibandronate) and similar meds. Few treatments have proven to make new bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Jill Summerfield Dr. Summerfield
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

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

Dr. William Banks Hinshaw Dr. Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
39 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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Should I take the bone density scan while on boniva (ibandronate) therapy?

Should I take the bone density scan while on boniva (ibandronate) therapy?

You may: One use of the bone mineral density test is measuring the impact of medication on the bone mineral. Boniva (ibandronate) and the other bisphosphonates (fosamax, actonel, atelvia, reclast) do not build new bone, despite claims and insinuations to the contrary. However, these drugs usually increase the bone mineral by slowing down bone loss and replacement. Taking the drug does not interfere with the test. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER Dr. WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
29 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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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?

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

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Question about safety & research done on Prolia. I had a coronary vasospasm from Boniva (ibandronate) 7 years ago and find it hard trusting bone meds?

Question about safety & research done on Prolia. I had a coronary vasospasm from Boniva (ibandronate) 7 years ago and find it hard trusting bone meds?

Check with doctor: Such issues should be discussed with your doctor who knows more about your medications and condition. Boniva (ibandronate) and Prolia are not identical and thus will have different set of side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Yury Fayda Dr. Fayda
Obstetrics & Gynecology
46 years in practice
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Does cefurex safe for pregnant women?

Does cefurex safe for pregnant women?

Probably safe: Not known to harm pregnancy, bot may reduce effectiveness of Birth Control Pills. In any case your GYN should know you are taking the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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Is bare minerals safe for pregnant women?

Is bare minerals safe for pregnant women?

Make up?: Are you speaking of bare minerals make up? Then the answer is yes. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Reynoso Dr. Reynoso
Obstetrics & Gynecology
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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What foods are the least safe for pregnant women?

What foods are the least safe for pregnant women?

Most food safe: Most food is safe for pregnant women. Foods to avoid include unpasteurized dairy, deli meats, fish and shellfish with a high mercury count, alcohol, tobacco, and street drugs ...Read more