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.
Known as Bonviva in the UK
As with all other medications, ensure that you take Boniva as prescribed by your doctor. In case of any changes or overdose, consult your doctor immediately.
Boniva is injected into your vein via an IV once in every 3 months, and then the Boniva tablets can be taken by you at home once a month. Also, note that a professional doctor should inject Boniva.
You should take Boniva in the morning of the same day every month with a glass of water (6 to 8 ounce). The medicine should be taken 60 minutes prior to eating or drinking or taking any other medicine. You should swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew it. Also, only use plain water. Do not take it with coffee, tea, juice, mineral water or soda.
Moreover, do not lie down or take any vitamin, calcium or antacid after taking Boniva.
Boniva is given for 3 to 5 years.
The active ingredient is Ibandronate.
Do not use Boniva if you have:
The side effects of this medicine you might experience with this medicine include