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Generic: ibandronate
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It is used to treat osteoporosis in women past the age of menopause
               



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What is this medicine?

IBANDRONATE (i BAN droh nate) 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 for 60 minutes
  • trouble swallowing
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ibandronate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

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. 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.

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
  • antacids
  • aspirin
  • calcium supplements
  • drugs for inflammation like ibuprofen, naproxen, and others
  • iron supplements
  • magnesium supplements
  • vitamins with minerals

               
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