Each time you collect a prescription, make sure you have been given the same brand of tablet as before. This is because there are different brands of ibandronic acid tablets and not all are used for the same condition.
If you buy any medicines, make sure your pharmacist knows that you are taking these tablets, as some medicines will prevent ibandronic acid from working properly.
Good dental hygiene is particularly important with this treatment - this means that you must brush your teeth regularly, and have routine dental check-ups.
|Type of medicine||Bisphosphonate|
|Used for||Osteoporosis; to prevent bone damage in people with breast cancer that has spread to the bone; or to reduce high levels of calcium in the blood caused by cancer (injection only)|
|Also called||Bonviva®; Bondronat®; Iasibon®; Quodixor®|
|Available as||Tablets and injection|
You will be prescribed ibandronic acid to prevent bone damage (in conditions such as osteoporosis or if you have a secondary bone cancer), or to reduce a high blood level of calcium resulting from a cancer that has spread to your bone.
When ibandronic acid is used to treat osteoporosis (Bonviva® brand), it is only suitable for women who have been through the menopause. Osteoporosis is a bone disease which causes your bones to become brittle and fragile, making them prone to breaks and fractures. During our lifetime, old bone tissue is constantly being broken down and replaced by new bone. After the age of about 35 years, our bone begins to lose density because old bone is lost faster than new bone can replace it. Women in particular have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis because they lose bone material rapidly after the menopause. Ibandronic acid slows down the rate at which old bone is lost. New bone continues to be made and this leads to an overall increase in bone density, which reduces your risk of broken bones and fractures.
Ibandronic acid (Bondronat® brand) is used to help treat complications associated with cancer. In some cancers there can be an excessive breakdown of bone. As this happens, the bone is weakened and calcium is lost from the bone and seeps into the blood, leading to higher-than-normal blood levels of calcium. Ibandronic acid helps by binding to bone, making the bone stronger and reducing the amount of calcium leaving the bone.
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking these tablets it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
Taking ibandronic acid tablets:
It is important that you take each tablet of ibandronic acid in the correct way, as otherwise they can cause irritation and damage as they are swallowed.
Along with their useful effects, all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common ibandronic acid side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Indigestion, feeling sick, stomach ache||Stick to simple foods - avoid rich or spicy meals|
|Muscle and joint pains, 'flu-like' feelings||These may occur at the beginning of treatment but should soon pass. If they continue beyond the first few days, let your doctor know|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
|Less common, but possibly serious side-effects||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Heartburn, pain or difficulty when you swallow||Speak with your doctor as soon as possible - these may be signs that the tablets are irritating your throat|
|Pain in your thigh, hip, or groin||Speak with your doctor as soon as possible - these may be signs of a thigh bone fracture|
|A loose tooth, or jaw pain with swelling or numbness||Speak with your doctor as soon as possible - these may be signs of a problem called osteonecrosis of the jaw|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.