Compare Boniva vs. Calcitonin

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Boniva
(ibandronate)

Miacalcin
(calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Boniva (ibandronate) is a first-choice treatment for osteoporosis and is available as a generic, but how you have to take it can be a hassle. It's also only approved for women, not men.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Boniva (ibandronate)
31%
of people (All ages) say Boniva (ibandronate) is worth it
20%
say it works well
27%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Miacalcin (calcitonin)
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-31% worse vs. Boniva (ibandronate)
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-20% worse vs. Boniva (ibandronate)
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+27% better vs. Boniva (ibandronate)
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Side effects
BonivaCalcitonin
  • Abdominal pain 8%
  • High blood pressure 6%
  • Joint pain 6%
  • Indigestion 6%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Back pain 5%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Cold 4%
  • Pain in arms or legs 4%
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How it works
BonivaCalcitonin
Boniva (ibandronate) is a bisphosphonate. It slows down osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. This results in greater bone mass and lowers the possibility of fractures.Coming soon.
Type of medication
BonivaCalcitonin
Prescription only
Available as
BonivaCalcitonin
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
Used for
BonivaCalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Pagets Disease Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
BonivaCalcitonin
  • Taking with aspirin or other NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • History of ulcers, or other stomach or esophageal problems
  • History of difficulty swallowing
  • Unable to sit upright or stand for 60 minutes after taking the medicine
  • Oral or dental surgery
Detailed Boniva (ibandronate) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    BonivaCalcitonin
    • Although rare, breakdown of the jawbone has happened in people taking Boniva (ibandronate). This is more likely to happen if you have oral or dental surgery, or if you have poor oral hygiene. The risk might also increase the longer you take Boniva (ibandronate). If you notice pain or swelling in your jaw, talk to your doctor right away.
    No food related info.
    Pain
    BonivaCalcitonin
    • If you have pain with swallowing around your chest or stomach, new or worsening heartburn, or any pain around your hips, thighs, or jaw, tell your doctor right away.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    BonivaCalcitonin
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in pills that can be taken by mouth once a month.
    • Also available as a shot given into your vein every 3 months.
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    Downsides and risks
    BonivaCalcitonin
    • You have to take Boniva (ibandronate) first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.
    • You have to remain upright for at least 60 minutes after you take the medicine, which can be a problem if you have mobility issues.
    • It is only approved to treat and prevent osteoporosis in women who have gone through menopause.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    BonivaCalcitonin
    • Can be taken as a pill or as an injection.
    • Take the pill first thing when you wake up by swallowing the whole pill with a full glass of plain water.
    • Don't eat or drink anything, or take other medicines for at least 60 minutes after you've taken the pill.
    • Stay sitting or standing for at least 60 minutes after you take the pill.
    • If you have pain with swallowing around your chest or stomach, new or worsening heartburn, or any pain around your hips, thighs, or jaw, tell your doctor right away.
    • Take the 150 mg tablet on the same day every month. If you forget to take the 150 mg tablet on your chosen day each month, take it on the next day in the morning.
    • Keep taking your calcium and vitamin D.
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