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BONIVA is an oral prescription medicine used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. It works by increasing bone mineral density (BMD) and reduces the incidence of vertebral fractures. BONIVA slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. DO NOT TAKE this medicine if you are unable to stand or sit upright for at least 60 minutes. SWALLOW WHOLE. Do not break, crush, chew, or suck on the tablet before swallowing. TAKE THIS MEDICINE with 6-8 ounces of PLAIN WATER ONLY the first thing in the morning, at least 60 minutes before eating; drinking; or taking any other medicines (including antacids, vitamins, minerals, or supplements). DO NOT TAKE WITH mineral water, juice, or other liquids. DO NOT LIE DOWN for 60 minutes after taking this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Take this medicine regularly to receive the most benefit from it. Taking this medicine at the same time each month will help you to remember. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE and your next scheduled dose is more than seven days away, take the missed dose on the morning after you remember, and then return to your original dosing schedule. DO NOT take 2 doses within one week of each other.
Before you start BONIVA, be sure to talk to your doctor if you:
- Have problems with swallowing
- Have stomach or digestive problems
- Have low blood calcium
- Plan to have dental surgery or teeth removed
- Have kidney problems
- Have been told you have trouble absorbing minerals in your stomach or intestines
- Are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant
- Are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID) medicines
- Have certain problems with your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth with your stomach
- Cannot stand or sit upright for at least 60 minutes
- Have low levels of calcium in your blood
- Are allergic to BONIVA or any of its ingredients
All medications may cause side effects, but usually patients have no, or minor, side effects. Common side effects of BONIVA may include:
- Back pain
- Stomach area (abdominal) pain
- Pain in your arms and legs
- Muscle pain
- Flu-like symptoms
- Esophagus problems
- Low calcium levels in your blood (hypocalcemia)
- Bone, joint or muscle pain
- Severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis)
- Unusual thigh bone fractures
Product Code: 9311
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.