Compare Boniva vs. calcitonin

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Boniva
(Ibandronate)

Miacalcin
(Calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Boniva 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)
30%
of people say Boniva (Ibandronate) is worth it
19%
say it works well
27%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
Bonivacalcitonin
  • Any serious side effect 3%
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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
BisphosphonatePrescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
Bonivacalcitonin
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
Bonivacalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Paget's disease Postmenopausal osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
Bonivacalcitonin
      • Oral or dental surgery
      • Cancer
      • Poor oral hygiene
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          Pregnancy category
          Bonivacalcitonin
          Alcohol
          No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
          Food
          • Stay sitting or standing, and Don't take any other medications, vitamins or supplements for at least 60 minutes after you take the tablet until you've had your first food of the day.
          No specific food-related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
          Sex
          No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
          Sleep
          No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
          Weight
          • Consider adding weight-bearing exercises as part of your exercise routine.
          No specific weight-related info.
          Upsides and benefits
          Bonivacalcitonin
          • Available in generic.
          • Available in oral tablets that can be given once a month or once a day.
          • Also available as shot given into your vein every 3 months.
          Coming soon.
          Downsides and risks
          Bonivacalcitonin
          • You have to take it 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 medication, which can be a problem if you have mobility issues.
          • Only approved to treat and prevent osteoporosis in women who have gone through menopause.
          Coming soon.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          Bonivacalcitonin
          • Can be taken as a tablet or as an intravenous infusion.
          • Take the tablet first thing when you wake up by swallowing the whole pill with a full glass of plain water.
          • Don't eat or drink anything for 60 minutes after you've taken the tablet.
          • Stay sitting or standing, and Don't take any other medications, vitamins or supplements for at least 60 minutes after you take the tablet until you've had your first food of the day.
          • If you have pain with swallowing, around your chest or stomach, or new or worsening heartburn, talk to your doctor.
          • Take the 150 mg tablet on the same day every month.
          • If you forget to take the 150mg tablet on your chosen day each month, take it on the next day in the morning.
          • Call your doctor if you develop pain in your jaw, hips or thighs.
          • Keep taking your calcium and vitamin D.
          • Some of these medications are only taken once a month, others once a day. Talk to your pharmacist if you're not sure.
          • Consider adding weight-bearing exercises as part of your exercise routine.
          Coming soon.
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