Treats or prevents weak bones (osteoporosis) in postmenopausal women.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ibandronate, if you have low levels of calcium in your blood (hypocalcemia), or if you have severe kidney disease.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
If a dose is missed:
- Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a dental problem, kidney disease, or other diseases that may affect your kidneys, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.
- Your doctor should know if you have any type of vitamin or mineral deficiency or imbalance.
- Your doctor may instruct you to take extra calcium and vitamin D supplements. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about taking this medicine with other supplements. Taking too much vitamin D can be harmful.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine, especially if you are having dental surgery.
- This medicine may increase your risk of developing fractures of the thigh bone. This may be more common if you use it for a long time. Check with your doctor right away if you have a dull or aching pain in the thighs, groin, or hips.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Change in how much or how often you urinate.
- Difficult, burning, or painful urination.
- Fever, chills, cough, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and body aches.
- Headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Severe bone, muscle, joint, or back pain.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting, or stomach pain or upset.
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle was placed.
- Vision changes or eye redness.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Review Date: 2011-02-04