Compare Boniva vs. Evista

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Boniva (ibandronate)

Prescription only

Evista (Raloxifene)

Prescription only
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.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 64 reviewsforBoniva
Prevents bone loss and lowers your risk of breast cancer.

Evista (Raloxifene) is effective at reducing bone loss and lowering the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but does carry the risk of blood clots.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Evista (Raloxifene) doesn’t affect the breast or uterus the same way that estrogen does, so the risk of cancer is much lower.
  • Taking Evista (Raloxifene) with calcium and vitamin D improves spine and hip bone health and lowers the risk of fractures.
  • Lowers total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad cholesterol).
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Can only take Evista (Raloxifene) once you’re in menopause. You can't take it if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Evista (Raloxifene) isn’t as effective as tamoxifen at lowering the risk of invasive breast cancer.
  • Shouldn’t take it with any other forms of estrogen (pills, patches, or injection).
  • It doesn’t increase bone strength as much as estrogen does and isn’t effective for treating hot flashes.
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Reviews
64 reviews so far
31%
saidit'sworth it
20%
saiditworked well
27%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
22possible side effects
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • High blood pressure
    6%
  • Indigestion
    6%
  • Joint pain
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Back pain
    5%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Pain in arms or legs
    4%
  • Flu
    4%
  • Cold
    4%
  • Localized joint stiffness and pain
    3%
  • Bronchitis
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Influenza-like illness
    3%
  • Muscle pain
    2%
  • Muscle cramp
    2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
  • Sleep difficulty
    2%
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6possible side effects
  • Any side effect
    25%
  • Peripheral edema
    14%
  • Muscle spasms/leg cramps
    12%
  • Hot Flashes
    8%
  • Cholelithiasis
    3%
  • Venous thromboembolic events
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Irritation and ulcers to the stomach and esophagus
    • 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
  • Pain in the bones and/or muscles
  • Problems in the jawbone
    • Oral or dental surgery
    • Cancer
    • Poor oral hygiene
    • Prolonged use of Boniva (ibandronate)
  • Leg bone fractures
  • Low calcium in the blood
    • History of low calcium in the blood
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  • Increased risk of stroke
    • History of stroke
    • Heart and blood vessel problems
    • History of mini stroke (TIA)
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Smoking
    • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Elevated triglycerides (fats in blood)
    • History of high triglycerides
  • Worsening kidney or liver function
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