Ibandronate Sodium tablet
What is this medicine?
IBANDRONATE slows calcium loss from bones. It is used to treat osteoporosis in women past the age of menopause.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- dental disease
- esophagus, stomach, or intestine problems, like acid reflux or GERD
- kidney disease
- low blood calcium
- low vitamin D
- problems sitting or standing
- trouble swallowing
- an unusual or allergic reaction to ibandronate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
You must take this medicine exactly as directed or you will lower the amount of medicine you absorb into your body or you may cause yourself harm. 50mg is a once-a-month supply. Take your dose by mouth first thing in the morning, after you are up for the day. Do not eat or drink anything before you take this medicine. Swallow the tablet with a full glass (6 to 8 ounces) of plain water. Do not take this medicine with any other drink. Do not chew or crush the tablet. After taking this medicine, do not eat breakfast, drink, or take any other medicines or vitamins for at least 1 hour. Stand or sit up for at least 1 hour after taking this medicine; do not lie down. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, do not take it later in the day. Continue your normal schedule starting the next morning. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- aluminum hydroxide
- calcium supplements
- drugs for inflammation like ibuprofen, naproxen, and others
- iron supplements
- magnesium supplements
- vitamins with minerals
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medicine. Do not stop taking your medicine except on your doctor’s advice. Your doctor or health care professional may order blood tests and other tests to see how you are doing.
You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine, unless your doctor tells you not to. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Some people who take this medicine have severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain. Tell your doctor if you have pain that does not go away or that gets worse.
What side effects may I notice from this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue
- black or tarry stools
- bone, joint, or muscle pain
- changes in vision
- chest pain
- heartburn or stomach pain
- jaw pain, especially after dental work
- pain or trouble when swallowing
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- diarrhea or constipation
- eye pain or itching
- nausea or vomiting
- trouble sleeping
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.