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Ibandronate is an osteoporosis medication that is used in postmenopausal women. Besides slowing the breakdown of bones, the drug can also increase bone mineral density in women with risk factors for osteoporosis. While the tablets are taken once a month, the injectable form is only administered once every three months. Side effects of ibandronate may include heartburn, indigestion, and diarrhea.

What Is Ibandronate?

Ibandronate sodium (Boniva®) is a prescription medication used to both treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It can be taken just once a month.
(Click What Is Ibandronate Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Ibandronate

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with ibandronate. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of ibandronate include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Ibandronate to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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