Ibandronate (By injection)
Treats or prevents osteoporosis.
Calcium Regulator (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein. This medicine is usually given every 3 months.
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how ibandronate works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Cancer medicines or radiation treatment NSAID pain or arthritis medicine (including aspirin, celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen) Steroids (including dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone)
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to ibandronate.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, heartburn, anemia, blood clotting problems, ulcers or other stomach or bowel problems, a vitamin D deficiency, or a history of cancer. Tell your doctor if you have dental problems or if you wear dentures.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Low calcium levels Kidney problems Increased risk for a thigh bone fracture
Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine could cause jaw problems, especially if you have a tooth pulled or have other dental work.
This medicine may interact with the dye used for bone scans.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate, blood in your urine, lower back or side pain
Pain, swelling, numbness, or a heavy feeling in your mouth or jaw, loose teeth, or other tooth problems
Severe bone, joint, or muscle pain
Unusual pain in your thigh, groin, or hip
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle was placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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