Boniva, or Ibandronate is a medication for various bone diseases such as osteoporosis. This medication belongs to the group of biphosphonates which aid increase of bone mass. Boniva is excellent for those who are having low bone mass and density, those which are susceptible to bone loss or breakage.
Who Are Susceptible To Bone Loss
Women in the post menopausal stage, or those who are taking medications containing corticosteroids are susceptible to these bone maladies. Boniva could provide a fix to these problems by delaying calcium loss, making bones stronger and less susceptible to fractures or breakage for a long time.
Boniva Dosage And Administration
Boniva is available at 2.5mg and 150mg tablets. The safe and recommended dose is a total of 150 milligrams a month, or 2.5 mg a day when taken orally. When taken intravenously, Boniva should be administered by a health professional every 3 months.
For those taking orally: Boniva should be taken 1 hour before taking other medications or supplements, or the very first thing in the morning. It is best to take Boniva with a full glass of water and refraining from reclining for at least an hour after taking Boniva. This will aid the body in better absorption of the medicine.
There are no reports concerning the use of Boniva together with other medications or supplements. Patients who are under medication with other drugs are advised to continue but with observance to the proper order during the scheduled dose.
Things To Observe Before And During Boniva Treatment
Reading the leaflet before beginning the treatment is highly recommended to be thoroughly informed of the proper dose, scheduling and many other concerns during the treatment. Normally, Boniva is taken under a close supervision of a health expert. Do not hesitate to raise concerns regarding the treatment. This will save patients from other risks brought about by unawareness. To those taking intravenously, notice any discrepancies in the vial before allowing the health practitioner to inject the medication. Do not stop the Boniva medication unless the doctor gives a go signal.
To those patients having cases of any mouth diseases and infection, anemia, other blood and blood clotting disorder, and even cancer, it is best to consult the attending physician before beginning treatment. Although other medications (including corticosteroids and chemotherapy medications) could be taken while under Boniva treatment, it is a must to provide the doctor details regarding current medications to assess the proper dose.
Seek immediate medical attention in the even of any of these side effect, particularly if they become persistent: fever, sluggishness, chills, headache, muscle or joint ache, swelling on the injected area.
Patients might also experience other serious side effects, although it is less likely to happen. These include: pain in the jaw area, increase or decrease in urination, pain in the muscle, joint and bones, swelling of tongue, throat and face, breathing difficulty and severe dizziness.
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