Boniva Side Effects

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Boniva® is the brand name for ibandronate sodium, and is used in the treatment of osteoporosis in menopausal women. It is manufactured by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2003. Boniva® is a prescription medication and part of the group of drugs known as bisphosphonates.[1] It works by increasing bone thickness and preventing the breakdown of bone.

As with all drugs, Boniva® users may experience certain unwanted side effects. The most common Boniva® side effects include headache, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, and pain in areas like the back, stomach, limbs and muscles. In rarer cases, Boniva® can cause serious upper digestive tract issues. Symptoms of this include severe heartburn and pain in the chest region.[2]

Brand name for Ibandronate sodium[1]
Manufacturer Genentech, member of the Roche Group[2]
Uses Treatment of osteoporosis in menopausal women[1]
Common side effects Flu-like symptoms, headache, upset stomach, etc.[1]
Who should not take Drug Name Those who have difficulties with their esophagus, have severe kidney disease, low blood calcium, or who are unable to sit or stand for at least 60 minutes[2]
Disclaimer The information provided by is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.
Author Allison Hughes


Common Boniva Side Effects

The most common side effects associated with Boniva® are also the least dangerous. They include headache, feeling as though one has the flu, bowel issues, pain in the back, pain in the arms and legs, and pain in the muscles. The manufacturer recommends consulting a physician if any of these symptoms are severe or do not disappear in a reasonable amount of time.[3]

Side effects that are reason for concern include problems swallowing, major heartburn, chest pain, pain in the hips or genital area, muscle spasms or cramping, and numbness or tingling in the appendages or oral area.[2]

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Boniva Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions while taking Boniva® are rare, but if one occurs, medical attention may be necessary. Those who are allergic to ibandronate sodium, the active ingredient in Boniva®, or those allergic to any of the inactive ingredients in the medication, may experience hives or other symptoms. Inactive ingredients in the drug include talc, providone, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, and polyethylene glycol 6000.[1] Serious reactions include difficulty breathing, extreme dizziness, and itching or swelling of the face, throat, or tongue.[4]

Boniva Precautions and Warnings

  • Patients who have been diagnosed with severe kidney disease, have trouble with their esophagus, experience low blood calcium, have difficulty sitting or standing for at least 60 minutes, or are allergic to Boniva® are advised by the manufacturer not to take the medication.[2]
  • The National Institutes of Health recommends patients who have active upper GI tract disease use caution when taking Boniva®. The medication can cause GI mucosa.[1]
  • Patients with hypocalcemia may experiencing a worsening of the condition while taking Boniva®.[1]
  • Patients who accidentally skip a Boniva® dose are advised not to take it later on. If a patient has taken more than their recommended dose of Boniva®, they are instructed not to lay down or to induce vomit, but instead to contact a medical professional.[2]

About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle, thus raising the likelihood of fractures in the back, wrists, hips, or other parts of the body. Women are more likely to have this condition, but it does affect men too. Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis cannot be controlled, including genetics, ethnicity, and medical conditions. However, it is possible to combat the disease by eating foods high in calcium, not smoking, keeping alcohol intake to a minimum, and getting exercise.[5]


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