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BONIVA

BONIVA is a prescription medication used for osteoporosis treatment in women after menopause. This medication helps reverse bone loss in most women who take it, even though they won't be able to see or feel a difference.

How BONIVA works
BONIVA is designed to decrease activity of the cells that cause bone loss after menopause, with just one tablet a month or with an intravenous injection every 3 months with your healthcare provider. BONIVA helps slow or stop the natural processes that dissolve bone tissue; it binds with and stays in your bones for one month (or three months if you receive the injection).
BONIVA is clinically proven to not only maintain bone density, but actually works with your body to help reverse bone loss.
 
Up to about the age of 30, your body deposits more calcium into your bones than it takes from them. Estrogen also helps keep calcium in your bones throughout your reproductive life. But when estrogen decreases in the first few years after menopause, your bones can weaken and suffer rapid loss of calcium.
 
How to take Boniva
  • Take medication first thing in the morning.
  • Wait at least 1 hour (60 minutes) before eating or drinking anything except plain water.
  • Swallow BONIVA whole (do not chew or suck) with at least 6 to 8 ounces (1 cup) of plain water.
  • Do NOT take with mineral water, sparkling water, coffee, tea, milk, or juice.
  • Avoid taking any other oral medicine, including calcium, antacids, or vitamins, for at least 60 minutes after taking BONIVA.
  • Avoid lying down for at least 60 minutes after taking this medication to help decrease the risk of problems in the esophagus and stomach.
Side effects of the oral BONIVA include but are not limited to:
  • diarrhea
  • bone pain in extremities (arms or legs) 
  • acid reflux or other digestive problems
Less common side effects with BONIVA are short-lasting, mild flu-like symptoms which usually improve after the first dose.
These symptoms are usually mild and do not last for an extended period of time. If these symptoms persist or you experience any other side effects after the injection, call your healthcare provider immediately.
If the oral BONIVA is not right for you there is also a BONIVA IVP injection.
BONIVA Injection is a quarterly dosing prescription medication option used to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis. This medication is used for patients who:
  • Have difficulty swallowing oral treatments
  • Forget to take their oral osteoporosis medication
  • Cannot sit or stand for at least 30 minutes
  • Are taking many other pills
  • Do not want to fast after taking the oral pill
This treatment is given intravenously over 15-30 seconds every 3 months by a healthcare provider. The BONIVA injection is clinically proven to build and maintain bone density along with weight lifting and weight bearing exercises which can also help maintain bone health.
Possible side effects of the BONIVA injection are:
  • Bone, muscle, or joint pain
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Headaches
These symptoms are usually mild and do not last for an extended period of time. If these symptoms persist or you experience any other side effects after the injection, call your healthcare provider immediately.
Patient’s who should NOT get the BONIVA IV treatment are patients with:
  • Severe kidney problems
  • Allergy to oral BONIVA
  • Low blood calcium and vitamin D (this can be fixed prior to injection)

 

For more information visit www.boniva.com
 




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