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Ibandronic Acid 3 mg solution for injection
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
What Ibandronic acid is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Ibandronic acid
How to take Ibandronic acid
Possible side effects
How to store Ibandronic acid
Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Ibandronic acid is and what it is used for
Ibandronic acid belongs to a group of medicines called bisphosphonates. It contains
ibandronic acid. It does not contain hormones.
Ibandronic acid may reverse bone loss by stopping more loss of bone and increasing bone
mass in most women who take it, even though they will not be able to see or feel a
difference. Ibandronic acid may help lower the chances of breaking bones (fractures). This
reduction in fractures was shown for the spine but not for the hip.
Ibandronic Acid is a solution for intravenous injection, which is administered by a health
care professional. Do not inject Ibandronic acid yourself.
Ibandronic acid is prescribed to you to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis because you
have an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is a thinning and weakening of the bones,
which is common in women after menopause. At menopause, a woman’s ovaries stop
producing the female hormone, oestrogen, which helps to keep her skeleton healthy.
The earlier a woman reaches menopause, the greater her risk of fractures in osteoporosis.
Other things that can increase the risk of fractures include:
- not enough calcium and vitamin D in the diet.
- smoking cigarettes, or drinking too much alcohol.
- not enough walking or other weight-bearing exercise.
- a family history of osteoporosis.
Many people with osteoporosis have no symptoms. If you have no symptoms you may not
know if you have the condition. However, osteoporosis makes you more likely to break
bones if you fall or hurt yourself. A broken bone after the age of 50 may be a sign of
osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can also cause back pain, height loss and a curved back.
Ibandronic acid prevents loss of bone from osteoporosis, thus helping to rebuild lost bone.
Therefore, Ibandronic acid makes bones less likely to break.
A healthy lifestyle will also help you to get the most benefit from your treatment. This
includes eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, walking or other weightbearing exercise, not smoking and not drinking too much alcohol.
2. What you need to know before you take Ibandronic acid
Do not take Ibandronic acid
- if you have, or had in the past , low blood calcium. Please consult your doctor
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ibandronic acid or any of the other ingredients
of this medicine (listed in section 6).
Warning and precautions
Some patients need to be especially careful when using Ibandronic acid . Talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse before taking this medicine if:
you have or have ever had kidney problems, kidney failure or have needed dialysis, or
you have any other disease that may affect your kidneys
you have any disturbance of mineral metabolism (such as vitamin D deficiency)
you should take calcium and vitamin-D supplements while receiving Ibandronic acid . If
you are unable to do so, you should inform your doctor.
If you are under dental treatment or will undergo dental surgery, tell your dentist that you
are being treated with Ibandronic acid .
Other medicines and Ibandronic acid
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
You should not be given Ibandronic acid if you are pregnant, or if there is a possibility you
may become pregnant. If you are breast-feeding, you will need to stop breast-feeding in order
to receive Ibandronic acid .
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a
baby ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
You can drive and use machines as it is very unlikely that Ibandronic acid will affect your
ability to drive and use machines.
Ibandronic acid contains less than 1mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose (3 ml). Therefore,
this medicine is essentially “sodium-free”.
3. How to take Ibandronic acid
The recommended dose of Ibandronic acid for intravenous injection is 3 mg (1 pre-filled
syringe) once every 3 months.
The injection should be given into the vein by a physician or qualified/trained health care
worker. Do not administer the injection to yourself.
The solution for injection must be administered into a vein only, and not anywhere else in the
Continuing to take Ibandronic acid
To get the most benefit from the treatment it is important to continue receiving the injections
every 3 months for as long as your doctor prescribes it for you. Ibandronic acid can treat
osteoporosis only for as long as you keep receiving the treatment, even though you will not
be able to see or feel a difference.
You should also take calcium and vitamin-D supplements, as recommended by your doctor.
If you take more Ibandronic acid than you should
You may develop low levels of calcium, phosphorus or magnesium in the blood. Your doctor
may take steps to correct such changes and may give you an injection containing these
If you forget to take Ibandronic acid
You should arrange an appointment to get the next injection as soon as possible. After that,
go back to getting the injections every 3 months from the date of the most recent injection.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, or pharmacist
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Talk to a nurse or a doctor straight away if you notice any of the following serious side
effects - you may need urgent medical treatment:
rash, itching, swelling of your face, lips, tongue and throat, with difficulty breathing. You
may be having an allergic reaction to the medicine.
severe pain in the chest, severe pain after swallowing food or drink, severe nausea, or
flu-like symptoms (if any effects become troublesome or last more than a couple of
pain or sore in your mouth or jaw
eye pain and inflammation (if prolonged)
Other possible side effects
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• heartburn, stomach pain (such as “gastroenteritis” or “gastritis”), indigestion, nausea,
having diarrhoea or constipation
• pain or stiffness in your muscles, joints, or back
• flu-like symptoms (including fever, shaking and shivering, feeling of discomfort, fatigue,
bone pain and aching muscles and joints)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• bone pain
• feeling weak
• flatulence (too much gas or air in the stomach or intestine)
• inflammation of a vein and pain or injury at the injection site
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
• hypersensitivity reaction; swelling of the face, lips and mouth (see allergy)
• eye pain or inflammation
• unusual fracture of the thigh bone particularly in patients on long-term treatment for
osteoporosis may occur rarely. Contact your doctor if you experience pain, weakness or
discomfort in your thigh, hip or groin as this may be an early indication of a possible
fracture of the thigh bone.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• a condition involving exposed bone in the mouth called “osteonecrosis of the jaw”.
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
Also you can help to make sure that medicines remain as safe as possible by reporting any
unwanted side effects via the internet at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Alternatively you
can call Freephone 0808 100 3352 (available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays)
or fill in a paper form available from your local pharmacy.
How to store Ibandronic acid
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the
syringe after “EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage condition.
The person giving the injection should throw away any unused solution and put the used
syringe and injection needle into an appropriate disposal container.
Contents of the pack and other information.
What Ibandronic acid contains
- The active substance is ibandronic acid. One pre-filled syringe contains 3 mg of
ibandronic acid in 3 ml of solution (as 3.375 mg of ibandronic acid, monosodium salt,
- The other ingredients are sodium chloride, glacial acetic acid, sodium acetate trihydrate
and water for injections.
What Ibandronic acid looks like and contents of the pack
Ibandronic acid is a clear colourless solution in a pre-filled syringe. Each pre-filled syringe
contains 3 ml of solution. Ibandronic acid is available in packs of 1 pre-filled syringe and 1
injection needle or 4 pre-filled syringes and 4 injection needles.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in 02/2013
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INFORMATION FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Please see the Summary of Product Characteristics for more information.
Administration of Ibandronic Acid 3 mg solution for injection:
Ibandronic Acid 3 mg solution for injection should be injected intravenously over a period
of 15 - 30 seconds.
The solution is irritant, therefore strict adherence to the intravenous route of administration
is important. If you inadvertently inject into the tissues around the vein, patients may
experience local irritation, pain and inflammation at the injection site.
In the absence of compatibility studies, this medicinal product must not be mixed with
other medicinal products. Where Ibandronic acid is administered via an existing
intravenous infusion line, the intravenous infusate should be restricted to either isotonic
saline or 50 mg/ml (5 %) glucose solution.
If a dose is missed, the injection should be administered as soon as convenient. Thereafter,
injections should be scheduled every 3 months from the date of the last injection.
No specific information is available on the treatment of overdosage with Ibandronic acid .
Based on knowledge of this class of compounds, intravenous overdosage may result in
hypocalcaemia, hypophosphataemia, and hypomagnesaemia, which can cause paraesthesia.
In severe cases intravenous infusion of appropriate doses of calcium gluconate, potassium
or sodium phosphate, and magnesium sulfate, may be needed.
Ibandronic Acid 3 mg solution for injection like other bisphosphonates administered
intravenously, may cause a transient decrease in serum calcium values.
Hypocalcaemia and other disturbances of bone and mineral metabolism should be assessed
and effectively treated before starting Ibandronic acid injection therapy. Adequate intake of
calcium and vitamin D is important in all patients. All patients must receive supplemental
calcium and vitamin D.
Patients with concomitant diseases, or who use medicinal products which have a potential
for undesirable effects on the kidney, should be reviewed regularly in line with good
medical practice during treatment.
Any unused solution for injection, syringe and injection needle should be disposed of in
accordance with local requirements.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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