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.
Not bone scan. Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry ( dxa, dexa) is used to measure bone mineral density (bmd) and not bone scan. Two x-ray beams with different energy levels are directed at the patient's bones.When soft tissue absorption is subtracted out, the bmd can be determined from the absorption of each beam by bone.Dxa is used to follow drug therapy of osteoporosis examining lumbar spine and hips in adults.