User Reviews for Ibandronate

Also known as: Boniva

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Review by soldiermom11 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I had bad osteoporosis and the doctor put me on Boniva and 2 years later the osteoporosis and osteopenia was almost gone! In some places it was. I loved this medicine but since I lost my job and my insurance and can no longer take it. The discount insurance I have doesn't cover brand names or even anything similar. I am a couple of years away from Medicare so I hope I can start back again then. I had absolutely no side effects other than it cured me!

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September 10, 2013 3:56 PM

Review by TriDanielFT:

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1.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: Got severe side-effect from taking Boniva (150mg monthly) for 3 months. Crippling, debilitating bone-joint pain at the hip. Very stiff sensation at the chest sternum and ribs. Went to Urgent Care twice. Flat on bed for 2 months with intense pain and prescribed pain killers (hydrocodone/Dilaudid, prednisone, etc.) have no effect. Discontinue taking Boniva and the pain subsides after three months. Three doctors don't believe it is the Boniva side effect until the fourth MD specialist, a rheumatologist recognizes the Boniva side effect symptoms after a long differential diagnostic (she also has two previous patients with similar symptoms after taking Boniva).

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August 30, 2013 7:04 AM

Review by Penster (taken for less than 1 month):

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I have spontaneous necrosis of the knee. Have only had one dose of I.V. Boniva so far (10 days ago) but I wanted to post something positive on this site because I found most of the reviews to be very disheartening when I read them prior to my infusion. I experienced zero side-effects after I received the infusion. I kept expecting something to happen but I was perfectly fine. Obviously it is too soon to tell whether it will help my condition, but I am keeping a positive outlook.

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June 15, 2013 1:23 PM

Review by kim h:

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2.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: Have had severe muscle pain in my upper thighs that lasts for 3 or 4 days after taking my monthly dose. Also have heartburn.

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April 3, 2013 5:55 PM

Review by Imagemax (taken for less than 1 month):

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1.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis: I took my first dose of Bonita 150mgs and woke up the next day with severe headache and abdominal spasms. I feel exhausted, almost flu like. I'm checking with my Dr. Now since today is the 2nd day of the same symptoms.

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February 14, 2013 9:24 AM

Review by Kymare:

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: Have been taking Boniva for about 8 months. I thought all was well but twice since starting a monthly dose, I have had 2 episodes of severe rash and swelling on my face. The second time it happened I had 2 days of fever and back pain. As soon as the fever broke, the rash appeared. I went to the ER and next day to a specialist, it was that bad. Will have to discontinue use .

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January 25, 2013 3:14 AM

Review by lafera:

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3.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: Tried weekly Boniva and had severe flu symptoms each time and had to stop taking it. That was approximately 1 yr ago. Now taking once monthly. Thought it was okay no flu but having diarrhea and pain in upper thigh after taking twice. Just had 3rd one yesterday and diarrhea is bad.

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December 18, 2012 8:16 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I like the 1-month convenience, well tolerated...my medicine of choice!

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September 22, 2012 6:34 AM

Review by Anonymous:

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I had no side effects and I've been taking Boniva for 1 1/2 years. I do wish there was medicine for my severe bone loss that doesn't cost so much.

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July 15, 2011 4:31 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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3.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis: I've been on Boniva for 5 years, and my bone density has not improved at all. I don't know if it would have been worse without it, but my scores have not improved. And now I'm beginning to read that you shouldn't be on Boniva for more than 5 years.

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March 22, 2011 8:14 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

For Osteoporosis: After 24 hours of taking Boniva 150 mg I started experiencing severe flu like symptoms with fever and extreme pain in my bones and joints.

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August 3, 2010 1:04 PM

Review by A.R.:

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1.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I used Boniva I.V. once. Had flu like symptoms, headache, runny nose, watery eyes, chest pain and achy hips. Wont take it again!

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March 15, 2010 9:27 PM

Review by snickies:

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2.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I have experienced flu symtoms within the first 48 hours, and severe joint and bone pain. I feel much worse than before I started taking Boniva.

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December 29, 2009 10:26 AM

Review by Gramma Lanna:

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2.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: All of the osteoporosis medicines have caused horrible heartburn and now esophagus complication.

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August 13, 2009 1:30 PM

Review by veewee5:

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10

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: Today I received the results of my bone density test after being on Boniva for two years. I am delighted to say that there is a reversal of my osteoporosis. Thank you, Boniva!

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June 19, 2009 7:34 PM

Review by outastep99:

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10

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I have used the drug for 2 years and there has been a significant increase in my BMD. My T score went from 2.7 to 2.0 using the once a month pill coupled with daily Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements.

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May 12, 2009 9:21 PM

Review by Anonymous:

Boniva (ibandronate) for Prevention of Osteoporosis: I have been on Boniva for 2 years and so far my bone density scans have not shown an improvement. For the past year, my physician has added a prescription weekly dose of Vitamin D, we are hoping that makes a difference. Should know the results within 2 weeks. Boniva has been easy to take just once a month, and the coupons (discount offered) by the company have been extremely helpful.

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April 24, 2009 8:44 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: BONIVA is the only drug that has improved my T-Scores since I've began my DXA scans over 4 years ago.

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April 21, 2009 1:30 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: Boniva has helped me with my t-score of 3. 8 which is very severe. I was percribed the drug nurtin for migraine headaches which drained calcium from bones. Boniva i. V has worked over one year too build bones. Mild side effect.

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February 27, 2009 4:21 AM

Review by Anonymous:

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: I had flu like symptoms after taking Boniva. Be aware of this side effect.

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December 3, 2008 10:26 AM

Review by wanda knoll:

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8.0

Boniva (ibandronate) for Osteoporosis: Boniva has work wonders for me. It is the first time my bone density has improved in 4 years.

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November 21, 2008 11:07 AM

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