Ibandronic acid is a bisphosphonate that works by increasing bone mass to make the bones stronger and reduce the risk of fractures in Osteoporosis. Aside from Osteoporosis, this drug also help in people  with breast cancer which has spread to the bones. Ibandronic acid can also reduce bloodcalcium in people with excessive levels due to certain tumors.

This medication is used to increase bone mass for people who have certain conditions such as Osteoporosis and cancer. Ibandronic acid may also be used in other conditions to be determined by your doctor.

Do not use this drug if you have:

  • Low Blood Calcium
  • Problems in Swallowing
  • Severely Induced Kidney Function
  • Galactose Intolerance
  • Lapp Lactase Deficiency

Aside from the benefits, this drug may bring some unwanted effects. It is important to tell your doctor all the symptoms that you experience while using this drug, especially if any of the following:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Stomach ache
  • Inflammation of the oesophagus (oesophagitis)
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Heartburn due to acid reflux
  • Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Muscle pain and muscle cramps
  • Stiff and painful joints
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling bloated (flatulence)
  • Back pain

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these serious side effects, including:

  • Severe Allergic Reaction
  • Intestinal ulcer
  • Inflammation of the duodenum (duodenitis)


Before taking this drug, tell your doctor or pharmacist:

  • If you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are to undergo any surgical procedure.
  • If you are taking herbal, prescription and non-prescription drugs.
  • If you have certain medical conditions such as:
    • Any Intestinal Problems such as Stomach or Intestinal Ulcers, Problems Swallowing, Heartburn and Acid Reflux
    • Cancer
    • Any Jaw or Dental Health Problems
    • Parathyroid Gland Problems
    • Vitamin D Deficiency



Drug interactions may either lessen the effectiveness of this drug or heighten the risk for severe side effects. It’s important to inform your doctor all the medication including prescription and non-prescription and herbal medicines you are taking or going to take.

Possible interactions with this drug are:

  • Aminoglycosides such as Neomycin and Streptomycin
  • Aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Indometacin and Naproxen
  • Calcium Supplements
  • Antacids
  • Ferrous Sulphate (Iron)
  • Medications containing Aluminium, Calcium, Iron or Magnesium

If someone is suspected of an overdose, he or she must drink a full glass of milk as a first-aid solution. Call emergency hotline if someone has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • Upset Stomach
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Tingling Feeling (Pins and Needles)


Available brand/s:

  • Bonviva
  • Bondronat IV/Bondronat Tablet

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