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Therapeutic Class: Calcium Regulator
Chemical Class: Bisphosphonate
Ibandronate is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis (thinning of the bone) in women after menopause.
ibandronate is available only with your doctor's prescription.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For ibandronate, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to ibandronate or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Studies on ibandronate have been done only in adult patients and there is no specific information comparing use of ibandronate in children with use in other age groups.
ibandronate has been tested and has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
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There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Using ibandronate with any of the following may cause an increased risk of certain side effects but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use ibandronate, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of ibandronate. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Make certain your health care professional knows if you are on any special diet, such as a low-sodium or low-sugar diet. Your doctor may recommend that you eat a balanced diet with an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D (found in milk or other dairy products).
Take ibandronate with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of plain water on an empty stomach. It should be taken in the morning at least 60 minutes before any food, beverage, or other medicines. Food and beverages, such as mineral water, coffee, tea, or juice, will decrease the amount of ibandronate absorbed by the body. Waiting longer than 60 minutes will allow more of the drug to be absorbed. Medicines such as antacids, calcium or vitamin supplements will also decrease the absorption of ibandronate.
Do not lie down for 60 minutes after taking ibandronate. This will help ibandronate reach your stomach faster. It will also help prevent irritation to your esophagus.
It is important that you eat a well-balanced diet with an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D. However, do not take any food, beverages, or calcium or vitamin supplements within 60 minutes or longer of taking ibandronate. To do so may keep ibandronate from working properly.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, chew, or suck it.
For the injection: You will receive ibandronate from a healthcare professional every 3 months. You should not receive this injection more often than every 3 months.
The dose of ibandronate will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of ibandronate. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
If you miss a dose of ibandronate, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure ibandronate is working properly and watch for unwanted effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of your esophagus being irritated such as new or worsening difficulty swallowing, pain on swallowing, pain behind your breast bone, or heartburn. Using aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Aleve®, Motrin®) may also increase your risk for stomach problems.
It is important that you tell all of your health care providers that you are taking ibandronate. If you are having a dental procedure while taking ibandronate, you may have an increased chance of having a severe problem with your jaw .
Make sure you tell your doctor about any new medical problems, especially with your teeth or jaws. Tell your doctor if you have severe bone, joint, or muscle pain while using ibandronate.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:More common
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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