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Boniva (ibandronate sodium tablet) is the first and only once-a-month prescription medicine to treat and/or prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Boniva is in the bisphosphonate family of drugs that causes ONJ osteonecrosis of the jaw or dead jaw bone.
You should not take Boniva if you have low blood calcium, cannot sit or stand for at least 60 minutes, have severe kidney disease, or are allergic to Boniva. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience painful swallowing, chest pain, or severe or continuing heartburn, as these may be signs of serious upper digestive problems. Side effects may include mild to moderate diarrhea, pain in the arms or legs, and upset stomach. If you develop severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain, contact your healthcare provider.
Beware: some doctors have unknowingly prescribed intravenous (IV) bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. Roche Laboratories recently announced that they are seeking FDA permission to market an IV form of their oral bisphosphonate, Boniva, for osteoporosis.
Should I contact Roche about my Boniva side effects?
It's not recommended. You should contact your doctor and have your doctor file an adverse reaction report with the FDA. You should also consider contacting an expert Boniva lawyer like Monheit Law to discuss your legal rights. Also call the FDA MedWatch at 1-800-FDA-1088.
You may be eligible for a class action Boniva bisphosphonate lawsuit. Please contact an expert Boniva litigation lawyer today for your free consultation.