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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.
Also Known as Bonviva
BONIVA (Ibandronate) is a prescription medication prescribed to treat and prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis.
BONIVA works by binding to hydroxyapatite, a mineral that is part of the bone matrix. By binding to the bone, BONIVA prevents the normal breakdown of bone by inhibiting bone turnover. It also directly strengthens bone by incorporating it into the matrix.
The normal BONIVA dosage is to take a 150 mg tablet by mouth once monthly (every 28 days).
Take BONIVA on an empty stomach with 6-8 oz of water. Take the tablet 60 minutes before the first food, drink, or medication of the day. Do not lie down for 60 minutes after taking BONIVA.
Your doctor may have you take calcium and vitamin D supplements while taking BONIVA.
BONIVA should be taken for 3-5 years. It should usually be discontinued after 5 years of use.
The active ingredient in BONIVA is Ibandronate sodium, which is also the name of the BONIVA generic.
Speak with your doctor if you have gastrointestinal issues before you start taking BONIVA, as it can cause irritation that makes these issues worse. Examples of gastrointestinal issues include Barrett's esophagus, duodenitis, dysphagia, esophageal diseases, gastritis, and ulcers.
BONIVA can lower calcium, so your calcium levels should be monitored while taking it.
Tell your doctor if severe bone, joint, muscle, or jaw pain occur while taking BONIVA. You may need to stop taking BONIVA and switch to another medication.
Common adverse reactions that occur while taking BONIVA include:
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for a full list of BONIVA side effects.