Ibandronate Sodium Drug Information
Women who have gone through menopause may be able to treat osteoporosis by taking ibandronate sodium (Boniva®). This prescription product can also be used to prevent osteoporosis.
Ibandronate belongs to a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates, which work by binding to certain cells in the bones and slowing down the rate at which they break down. The medication comes in 150-mg tablets that are taken monthly and an injectable form that is given every three months. In clinical studies, the most common side effects included:
Because this drug is not suitable for everyone, make sure to review the prescribing information on ibandronate sodium before starting treatment. For example, you may not be able to use it if you have difficulty swallowing or other problems with your esophagus. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are currently taking any other medications, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(For more information on this drug, click Ibandronate. This article offers a complete overview, including details on generic availability, how it performed in clinical trials, and more.)