Osteoporosis medication Boniva. Boniva is the brand name for Ibandronate "a highly potent N-containing bisphosphonate". Like all bisphosphonates it inhibits (slows) the action of osteoclasts, the cells that remove 'old bone'. Compared with other bisphosphonates, it has a high antiresorptive potency and that means that you can use a lower dose to achieve the the same result of inhibiting the removal of 'old bone' as some of the other drugs of this class.
Special Note: "Boniva is another bisphosphonate. It's the brand-name form of ibandronate, but it's no longer available on the U.S. market. However, many people and healthcare professionals still refer to ibandronate as Boniva because it's easier to say.Feb 23, 2023"
Boniva has gone through a number of transformations:
Many observers believe that one of the reasons for the popularity of Osteoporosis Medication Boniva is the fact that the some years back company hired Sally Field, a popular actress, to do a T.V. ad promoting their drug.
But the ad was not without its critics. April 28, 2009 Consumer Reports ran a story in its AD WATCH section, calling the ad misleading
Later the FDA warned Genetech about an ad for the injectable form of the drug in the Dec. 12 issue of Parade magazine as being misleading.
Be sure to discuss all of the following with your health care provider when considering this Osteopenia medication:
These are important issues. Please do not be shy. Raise them when your health care provider first suggests this pharmaceutical drug. (For some people this may not be the best or safest choice. But unless you 'speak up' your health care provider can not make a good evaluation.
Are there any warnings or side effects
for Boniva as an Osteopenia medication?
Boniva may cause serious problems in your esophagus or stomach such as trouble swallowing, heartburn, and ulcers. If you have chest pain, heartburn, stomach pain or trouble swallowing, stop taking Boniva immediately and call your health care provider before taking additional doses of this drug as your Osteopenia medication.
Some people experience other side effects from the drug: upset stomach, diarrhea or pain in their arms or legs.