User Reviews for Boniva
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Reviews for Boniva to treat Osteoporosis
"After taking this drug for the past 4 years my femur broke while I was walking, I fell and could not get up. There was no trauma causing this fall. I now find it takes an average of 8.5 months to heal, and healing may not be complete and pain free."
Anonymous September 11, 2017
11 users found this comment helpful.
"Dr advised taking Boniva,,,,,,,,,,I was so happy that there would be a cure so I wouldn't be bent up like my mother is. However, upon investigation, Boniva works by not letting the dead used up bone from naturally shedding. See you get good bone around the dead brittle bone......yes you guessed it when you have your scan the density includes this. Thats why on the leaflet it still warns of brittle bones. I have stopped taking it. I also got pains and all my joints started clicking.....is that normal?"
Deb, 56 have osteoporosis. (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 30, 2017
23 users found this comment helpful.
"Got a call from my rheumatologist today advising that my recent bone density test showed no improvement in my osteoporosis. I've been taking Boniva, 150 mg tablet, monthly for five (5) years. Have had a few side affects with the drug but nothing that has been troublesome to the extent that I wanted to discontinue the therapy. My rheumatologist now wants me to discontinue Boniva and try a different drug. Needless to say, I was disappointed in having spent five years taking a drug that was not beneficial. C'est la vie."
OldAv8tor (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 23, 2016
15 users found this comment helpful.
"I have osteopena and I have taken fosamax and then boniva for about 28 years and have had no side effects at all and my osteopena as shown in bone scans has not gotten worse. I am very active and have no pains and very good health. I am now 90 years old and recently fell and broke my wrist and fractured my pelvis because I stumbled over a curb.Both fractures healed within several months and I am back to being completely normal not having to use any devices for walking and I continue to travel all over the world. I give a lot of credit to both fosamax and boniva and would like for others to know about my experience as I believe these drugs are responsible for my good health."
Cruising Princess (taken for 10 years or more) August 17, 2016
34 users found this comment helpful.
"I had been on Boniva for 18 months and woke one night with severe chest pain and pain in my throat and jaw. For the next three months I ran high fevers and suffered chills and incredible pain. My internist denied that it could be this drug and didn't even tell me to stop taking it. I have spent thousands of dollars on tests and nothing has indicated that it could be anything else but the drug. The only way I have been able to function has been by taking Prednisone and tons of Advil. Be very careful if you take this drug and if you get any of these symptoms STOP TAKING IT regardless of what your doctor says."
bsdfrmd (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 4, 2015
47 users found this comment helpful.
"I am 41 years old. I have been taking Boniva for the last 3 months with no side effects so far. Fingers crossed."
Tnbc survivor AS October 10, 2015
29 users found this comment helpful.
"I just took my first Boniva pill on September 14, 2015, it is now 2 weeks later and I literally feel like I was hit by a truck. My back muscle pain started almost after about the fifth day. Now my upper back and knees and arm muscles are all hurting. I also have pressure and discomfort in the groin area. Really do not care whether it improves bone density or not. I have already decided to discontinue use!!! I have never in my life felt this terrible."
Disappointed Patient September 29, 2015
66 users found this comment helpful.
"This is the second round of taking Boniva tablets. I had significant improvement, such that I could quit taking it after 8 months. Two years later, my bone density results indicated that I was again starting to lose bone density so am on boniva again. I responded well and quickly, but I think I quit taking it too soon. I am taking the once monthly tablet and the first three months, each time, I had really bad muscle pain in my back for two days after taking the pill, but since I knew that was one of the possible side effects, I weighed the benefits against the muscle pain and chose to continue taking it. I have been on Boniva this round for nine months now, and I no longer have the muscle pain or any other side effects."
chelabailey May 30, 2015
65 users found this comment helpful.
"I took this and the next day, have been sick with flu like symptoms today severe stomach upset and cramps, chills. "
bonivaisthedevil (taken for less than 1 month) July 29, 2014
66 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
soldiermom11 (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 10, 2013
88 users found this comment helpful.
"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). "
TriDanielFT August 30, 2013
133 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Penster (taken for less than 1 month) June 15, 2013
71 users found this comment helpful.
"Have had severe muscle pain in my upper thighs that lasts for 3 or 4 days after taking my monthly dose. Also have heartburn."
kim h April 3, 2013
73 users found this comment helpful.
"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 ."
Kymare January 25, 2013
79 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
lafera December 18, 2012
57 users found this comment helpful.
"I like the 1-month convenience, well tolerated...my medicine of choice!"
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 22, 2012
69 users found this comment helpful.
"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. "
Anonymous July 15, 2011
60 users found this comment helpful.
"I used Boniva I.V. once. Had flu like symptoms, headache, runny nose, watery eyes, chest pain and achy hips. Wont take it again!"
A.R. March 15, 2010
84 users found this comment helpful.
"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. "
snickies December 29, 2009
76 users found this comment helpful.
"All of the osteoporosis medicines have caused horrible heartburn and now esophagus complication."
Gramma Lanna August 13, 2009
63 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
veewee5 June 19, 2009
92 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
outastep99 May 12, 2009
67 users found this comment helpful.
"BONIVA is the only drug that has improved my T-Scores since I've began my DXA scans over 4 years ago. "
Anonymous April 21, 2009
50 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Anonymous February 27, 2009
42 users found this comment helpful.
"I had flu like symptoms after taking Boniva. Be aware of this side effect."
Anonymous December 3, 2008
65 users found this comment helpful.
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