Boniva (Ibandronate) is a medication used to prevent and treat osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones. It works by preventing bone breakdown in women who have been through the menopause. This medication can be taken either as a tablet or as an injection into a vein delivered by a health professional.
If prescribed in tablet form, there are two different regimes: a 2.5mg tablet can be taken daily, or a 150mg tablet monthly. However, Boniva must be taken in a very specific way to prevent the tablet damaging the esophagus (food pipe). In January 2010, the FDA issued safety labeling changes for Boniva regarding this issue.
You must take it in the morning before having any food, drink or other medications. The tablet must be swallowed sitting or standing upright, and should be taken with a glass of water (not any other drink). You must then remain upright for another hour, and not have any food, tablets or other medication during that period of time.
This medication is not suitable for children. Below are various forms of administration of Boniva:
Dosage for Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis
For Adults and the Elderly: 2.5mg tablet taken daily, as instructed above.
For Adults and the Elderly: 150mg tablet taken once per month on the same date, as instructed above.
For Adults and the Elderly: a 3mg injection into a vein every 3 months, completed by a healthcare professional.
What to Remember when taking Boniva
You should take Boniva as instructed by your doctor and pharmacist. You should not share your medication with friends or family, and you should not adjust the dose without discussion with your doctor first. You should keep your Boniva medication in a cool, dark place away from children.