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(injection) (injectable)

Treats or prevents weak bones (osteoporosis) in postmenopausal women.


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Treats or prevents weak bones (osteoporosis) in postmenopausal women.

How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Change in how much or how often you urinate. Difficult, burning, or painful urination. Fever, chills, cough, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and body aches. Headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness. Severe bone, muscle, joint, or back pain.

  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ibandronate, if you have low levels of calcium in your blood (hypocalcemia), or if you have severe kidney disease.

Missed Dose
  • Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a dental problem, kidney disease, or other diseases that may affect your kidneys, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. Your doctor should know if you have any type of vitamin or mineral deficiency or imbalance. Your doctor may instruct you to take extra calcium and vitamin D supplements.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about taking this medicine with other supplements.
  • Taking too much vitamin D can be harmful. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine, especially if you are having dental surgery.

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