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 1  Dr. Recommendation Fractured Right and Left Femurs I keep posting on this site (last post 5/5/14) in hopes of preventing someone from going through what I am going through. I went back to the doctor because of pain in my left leg (had a previous right femur fracture with IM rod insertion). I am scheduled for surgery to put a rod in my left leg due to atypical femur fracture. This poison works by preventing loss of bone. But it doesn't allow new bone to form so all that's left is old bone which is brittle. I refused my last DEXA scan because, frankly, I don't care what the numbers are. I am a) not going to change what I am doing now (supplements and diet) and b) the scan measures quantity and not quality of bone and so is misleading. The numbers of people posting on this site should be a clue this is not a safe drug. Take it off the market. F 67 5 years
150 mg 1X M
7/10/2014

 1  strengthen bones Badly burned esophagus F 69 3 months
150 mg 1X M
7/8/2014

 1   GREAT NEWS to all of you suffering from the ill-effects of this poison! Sally Field has recently gone on record saying that Boniva is, "Kind of a miracle!" IMPRISON SALLY FIELD, ROCHE THERAPEUTICS & THE FDA. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP.
1X D
6/25/2014

 1  osteoporosis severe rib pain, lower back pain F 63 2 months
1X M
5/25/2014
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 1  Dr. Recommendation Fractured Right Femur This is a follow-up to a post I left on 10/2/13. I am still having pain in my right leg (I had a femur fracture which required surgical repair) but also have the same pain in my left leg. I am hoping I don't have another fracture. I have read the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for Ibandronate (the active ingredient in Boniva). It is amazing to me that this drug is still on the market. The MSDS indicate "Most important hazards - causes burns, harmful danger of serious damage to health by prolonged exposure through inhalation and if swallowed." Additionally"...corrosive solid...use - pharmaceutical active substance." And they are still allowing people to take this poison!! F 67 5 years
150 MG 1X M
5/5/2014

 1  I broke a rib The first time I took this once a month pill it nearly killed me. I began throwing up liters of blood and passing it through my rectum for hours before a friend found me. I was in ICU for 14 days total. The massive bleeding continued for ten days durning which I received 17 transfusion's of my rare blood type to keep me alive. Throughout those ten days I was not allowed to eat any food what so ever while they made several attempts to locate and cauterize the many deep holes this drug had eaten into the lining of my duodenal area within only seven days following my taking it. On the 10th day in ICU they made a last ditch effort to save my life by operating on me. They opened me up to sew close the deep holes Boniva created. After 14 days in ICU, and another five elsewhere, I was placed in a nursing home for 28 days to recover. Within the first five days of being there I suffered a stroke for which Dr. Athos refused to listen to my daughter's pleas to come and see me immediately This drug has a black box warning which says do not give to patients with GERD. My doctor gave me a free trial dosage which was one pill per month even though he had been treating my GERD for four years prior. The only bone related issues I had were Arthritis in one knee and in the knuckles of both hands. For that pain I had received two localized Cortisone Injections twice a year for two years before I fell out of my bed and broke a rib at age 78. F 78 1 months
unknown 1X M
4/17/2014

 1  to prevent bone loss horrible side effects, I will NOT take the second dose , never been in so much pain in my entire life, this drug is POISON, it should be removed off the market , body aches all over, sour taste in mouth, headache, etc F 84 1 days
150 1X M
3/23/2014
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 5  Broke hip in 2008 none - maybe some dyspepsia I am lucky- I have Epilepsy which I was told by my Ortho surgeon that "this med for seizure control- did take away your bone density." Great! What do you want - good bones or be able to function & live seizure free? So I take Boniva. Have a dexa scan every 2 years & I have gone up but not far enough so am taking this a few more yrs. Also calcium/ Vit D. So far, so good. I love this med!!!! F 61 5 years
150 mg 1X M
3/18/2014
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 1  Osteoporotic i took one pill at 7:45am following instructions. That evening at 5:30p I felt extremely tired. I woke up at 3:45a with severe stomach pains, severe headache, fever 101.8 that went up to 102.7, every joint in my body hurt, chest pains, the bottom of my feet hurt when walking, legs cramping, throat sore, nausea, hurts to lay on hips, dizziness, & heartburn. All of this after one dose. I will not take Boniva ever again! F 60 1 days
150mg 1X M
3/3/2014
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 1  osteoporosis/osteopenia F 56
150 1X D
2/28/2014
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 2  Osteoporosis 25% bone loss Flu-like symptoms beginning the first evening. Chills, muscle aches, headache, nausea, bitter taste, diarrhea, sleepiness, weakness. Chills, aches, nausea were severe for the first two days, but subsided after about 4 days. I was unable to work or do normal activities for 5 full days the first and second month I took Boniva. I skipped a month, (just too busy to be sick for 5 days) and took my third dose the following month. By my third dose the symptoms had stopped except for mild weakness, sleepiness and diarrhea lasting about 2 days. I think I can live with that. I gave Boniva a 2 (Not Satisfied) because of the severity of the side effects for the first two doses, I won't know if it was effective until my next bone scan. As long as the side-effects remain mild, I plan to stay on the drug until my next DEXA scan. F 56 3 months
150 1X M
2/10/2014
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 1  Osteoporosis Other biphosonates haven't suited me. I took my first tablet yesterday, was ok in the morning but by the afternoon I felt awful ,flu like symptoms, bloated and severes stomach pains. I'm not taking them any more, still feel ill today F 65 1 days
150mg 1X M
1/31/2014

 5  Osteoporosis Abnormal severe muscles aches in arms when using my arms for building a storage shed and roofing my house. When I stopped any activity using my arms my muscles were fine but any use of them causes abnormal soreness that pain medications will not take away and it makes it hard to sleep Working very well for me otherwise in restoring my bone density and no other significant side effects. M 67 12 months
150 mg 1X M
1/20/2014

 1  osteopenia I have terrible muscle pain and flu symptoms for 3 days and I have insomnia since I am taking it. I would like to mention that if in order not to break my hip when I will be 80 (If I live that long) I will loose my job for not being able to perform (I am a teacher who deals with 150 kids daily) I better will wait several years until they find something better that this terrible drug. I am sure scientists are working already on finding a remedy but the pharmaceutic industry is a villain, the doctors are paid for giving us these drugs and we are the Guinea pigs in this sad tale. Don't take this drug !!! F 51 5 days
150 1X M
1/9/2014
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 1  Osteopenia First felt a pain in my back tooth, went to dentist and he couldn't find anything wrong. I didn't connect my problem with Bonviva. 3/4 months after taking the drug I started to get pain in my feet, then my shoulders and neck, my muscles and now I have pain in all of my bones (feet, legs, knees, hands, neck, ribs, back. I have muscle soreness too. A month after taking Bonviva, I started to feel really ill but thought it was other causes. I had a skin burn 2 inches wide appear on my hand for no reason!!!!!!! I feel like I have been in a car crash and can hardly walk now because of arthritic feet, osteoporosis in feet and I suspect in whole body (last scan a year ago, I was osteopenic). I am now weak all over, lost weight, my muscle strength has diminished significantly through lack of mobility and exercise (I can't do weight bearing because of feet arthritis). I feel old and battered as though I have been in a car crash. My bones feel like they are made of concrete and to think that I used to walk miles and miles each week, play tennis and dance and do my household chores with ease. Now I struggle to cook, wash etc. and I literally hobble around the house and am unable to visit places of interest due to my mobility issues. This drug is evil and I've found out it should never have been prescribed anyway to someone with osteopenia. It's ruined my life. The world is corrupt in many ways and I was so nave to fall into the trap. F 59 7 months
1X M
12/29/2013
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 1  preventive Took it at 6 AM and felt sick after a few hours. Around 8 PM musles started to feel sore and felt like having the flu. In the morning could barely walk and could only function by taking 1000 mg paracetamol a few times that first day. Second day felt again if I had a skeleton from an hunderd year old woman. had to take again 3 times 1000 mg of paracetamol The second day also my jaws started hurting. Before I took boniva I had no problems at all with my joints, my back, my shoulders or what else. The second day and third night I started to understand that I had been poisoned and tried to figure out an antidote. Decided to take an high dose of vitamin C. Took 2 times 2000 mg vit C within 4 hours and also took extra spirulina. Now the third day at noon I feel more or less the same as before I took the bonviva but took just another 2000 mg vit c to be sure. Maybe a coincidence but maybe more people can try this and post if this high dose vit. c helped to get rid off the side effects. I will never take boniva again. It is poison F 50 1 days
150 1X M
12/18/2013
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 1   F 86 1 days
11/29/2013

 1  osteoporos diagnosis Gerd that has now lessened. Terrible lower back pain. Very sore bones in neck and upper back. Felt like I was 105 years old. Could hardly rise out of my recliner or turn my head from side to side. Scheduled for acupuncture tx for tomorrow. Hope it helps. Will have to be talked inro anither infusion. I don't trust the drug companies to not want to make profits off of me. F 58 1 days
3 mo infus
10/27/2013

 1  osteopenia pain in sternum, rib cage, diaphragm, trouble breathing; dental work not completed due to problem with jaw bone patients are not warned about the side effects of this drug; i have been having symptoms and did not realize they were connected to boniva; i have been off boniva for four months, and breathing and chest pain are improving F 62
150 mg 1X M
10/18/2013
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 2  Osteoporosis Stomach ache and aching long bones initially. Over the last couple of months - tight chest and now my hair is starting to fall so I feel that if I don't stop taking it now I will end up bald! I haven't had a bone scan since the diagonistic DEXA scan after my fracture so have no idea if the medication has worked but I can't carry on with it. F 55 14 months
1X M
10/15/2013

 1  Osteopenia Weakened fibula bone on left leg. Broken in three different places within 18 months. Will have to wear leg brace for many years to come. Also my dentist is concerned about my bottom jaw shrinking. May have to have this addressed by a specialist. Boniva should pulled from the market. I suspect doctors are getting some kind of reward for prescribing this poison.. Two different doctors brushed me off when I voiced my concern. I took myself off the drug after the second break in my leg. The third break which happened today was the last straw. I have been off Boniva for eight months, but my bone strength will never return. I am damaged for life because of this drug. F 61 8 years
30mg 1X M
10/10/2013
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 1  Osteoporosis Debilitating pain in right hip; overall muscle pain; pain in sternum; no energy. Began approximately 36 to 40 hours after taking Boniva. SO frustrated! I waited 3 years after my MD first suggested taking meds for osteoporosis b/c of potential side effects. Was finally convinced that risks of osteoporosis out-weighed side effects of meds. How WRONG that information was! I just hope this pain stops soon and I can return to normal. F 59 1 months
150 mg 1X M
10/4/2013

 1  Dr. Recommendation Fractured right femur with IM rod insertion This drug should not be on the market. How many lives have to be ruined before something is done? Shame on the FDA and the drug companies. F 66 5 years
150 mg 1X M
10/2/2013

 1  To strengthen my bones I had this drug intravenous which will last a year. The next day I had nausea and joint pains in the elbows and wrist and severe lower back pain. It has been a week I am like a 100 year old woman. I am crippled!!! I was not informed of any side effects!! The drug company are evil. This drug is poison! God only knows how long and if I will ever come better F 69 1 weeks
9/24/2013

 1  Prophylaxis osteoporosis I took my first pill following instructions at 6:30am within 18 hours severe chest and back pain muscular and bone. I could not breath without severe pain 8/10. This pain lasted for 5 days. Approximately 1 week later severe left neck muscular pain with muscle spasms "charley horse" in my neck. This last one week. As I took the one month pill. I'm terrified about what's next. I have lupus and live with pain but this has been one of the worse things I've experienced. My doctor agrees this was a side effect. Boniva needs to be pulled from the market. F 53 1 days
150mg 1X M
9/2/2013
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 1  osteopenia Symptoms of a heart attack as well as the flu (muscle and joint aches, fatigue and lethargy). Also, insomnia. The flu symptoms were alleviated to a degree by taking Advil. The second day brought symptoms of a heart attack. I ended up in the ER for a complete cardiac work-up, the first in my life. (I am an athlete who is well conditioned through high alpine hiking and skiing, cycling, kayaking and pilates.) MDs discovered no cardiac involvement and could only attribute the severe pain surrounding the heart to taking Boniva for the first time 2 days before the onset of symptoms. F 62 1 months
1X M
8/9/2013
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 1  Ostoperosis Swelling in feet and hands, Subtle pain in ankles and bottom of feet. Burning in hands. Subtle pain in bones of the Radius Ulna and Tibia fib. "Prickling" in hands. Unable to sit long periods of time, subtle pain in lower back. I had no symptoms except for a bone MRI scan. No for the last two months except weight gain. I have been fatigued. So I have no intentions to exercise like I normally did before the drug. No extra eating. F 60 3 months
150 1X M
7/9/2013
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 1  osteopenia depressed, nauseated, heart flutters, but worst of all. an extreme allergic reaction with weeping flami9ng blister and extreme itchiness which was uncontrollable. Lost a lot of sleep and wasted time and money for bandages and doctors. It is still in my system three weeks after taking the second dose. Still flu like with a faint headache, but the red itching skin is the worst. Never again. I will go back to green leafy vegetables, which I have been unable to eat since starting Boniva. F 2 months
30 1X M
7/6/2013

 1  Border line bone loss/osteopenia Severe pain in the neck, shoulders, back, lower back and legs. Partial loss of hairs, partial loss of short term memory. Fatigue, fatigue and fatigue. Feel like a lethargic 100 year old woman with slow to no mobility at times. Sleepless at night. Warped toe nails. Pain in the arms and hardly can hold a coffee cup I tried to explain the adverse reaction to my Dr. He prescribed Cortisone for the pain!! Two weeks after taking the drug, the severe side effects are still lingering. I need an antidote against Boniva. I will discontinue taking Boniva and will replace it with a calcium rich diet, bone strengthening exercise and some sun ray exposition life style. F 59 3 months
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6/18/2013
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 4  osteoperosis I checked this website to see if the itching on my arms, which appeared when I started taking Boniva were related. Apparently not. However, I have not experienced any of the side effects everyone talks about. And my bones are doing better. Take care! F 55 3 years
1X M
6/13/2013
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 1  osteopenia It has been at least 2 yrs since taking Boniva and I still have days when I have pain in my leg bones as well as fatigue. I didnt sleep thru the night. My accupuncturist told me to put a heating pad or hot bag on my stomach for 15 min when I go to bed. It works. I fall asleep within 10 min and stay asleep for at least 6 hrs. Nothing helps with the pain but at least I sleep better. F 65 1 days
30mg 1X M
5/24/2013

 1   Oh Sally Field...you have blood on your hands!!! F
1X D
5/15/2013

 1  osteo I now have osteo arthritis in my hands. Never had any sign of this before the drug. have constent back arm and neck muscle aches. Have no energy tired all the time. Symptons came on slowly have gotten worse over the last few months. Had no idea that the Boniva was causing this. Just stopped the medecine as all the side effects listed is what I am going through. Was on Fosamax for a year, had uslcer in throat. Wanted to see if other bone medicine worked. Now in so much pain and tired all the time. Cannot do simple tasks like turning a door handle. Only 50 had no symptoms before Not sure if this will go away. Should have lived with the osteo, better than what I am going through now. Going to look into natural ways. Do not take this medicine. F 53 6 months
1X M
4/28/2013
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 1  Osteoporosis Terrible bladder pain that won't go away after 6 weeks. Also depression. F 66 4 months
150
4/13/2013

 1   I started Boniva per my doctor's advice. I started to feel depressed and sore all over, esp. in my back and legs. Today, a year after taking Boniva I can hardly stand and have terrible back pain. I would never recommend this drug. Refuse to take it even if your doctor recommends F 67 8 months
4/5/2013

 1  Osteopenia Flu like symptoms of muscle, bone ache. Side effects began in the spine as if the flu was coming on and progressed from there to crippling pain through shoulders into neck and head. I could not walk and required help to do so. The crippling lasted approximately 3-4 days, but the pain continued for up to a month. I contacted the pharmaceutical company to inquire about these side effects as my Dr. had told me it was not a reported side effect. (As if it were all in my mind) I still to this day, 3 years later have issues with muscle, bone, joint pain. Do not take this drug.Do not be a guinea pig for this drug. F 56
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3/20/2013
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 1  Dr.'s recommedation I had a bone density test done along with two other tests...no word on the BD test. A month later, called the doctor's office and was informed "someone" would call me that afternoon. Doctor called and informed me I was heading toward osteopenia; said I should be taking Boniva. Without even asking me any questions, he prescribed Boniva and called it in to my healthcare provider. Didn't think much about it until the next day when I began my search about this drug and found this website. After reading only a handful of the comments, decided I did not want to take this drug. So I called my provider to cancel and was informed the drug had already shipped! I could not return it (even unopen) and was "stuck" paying my portion. Called my doctor's office once again to say I was not going to take this drug. Guess what? The nurse informed me I SHOULD take it...the doctor HIGHLY recommended me taking it! I said not with all those side effects...her response...you may not even have any! That's true but is it worth it to take the chance and then find out I, too, have the side effects many of you are experiencing? I wasn't going to take that chance. So I'm out $156 - but I don't have any of the side effects a lot of you have posted. So I deeply thank each of you for letting me know. Only hope others that are in the process of "maybe" taking this drug will find this website and reconsider (this website should be posted in all doctors' offices!) P.S. I've si F 66 0 days
? 1X D
3/17/2013
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 1  bone loss head pain, bladder pain, depression and muscle aches I have always felt great until I started taking Boniva. I haven't been the same since. F 66 4 months
150 1X M
3/16/2013

 4  Osteoporosis No side effects that I can tell. Of course I have my typical aches/pains. I was taking another type of meds for my osteoporosis, which left me feeling depressed. I have been very happy with Boniva. However, as soon as my osteoporosis is under control I am not taking it anymore. M 53 2 years
150 1X M
2/27/2013
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 1  osteoporosis,osteopenia Flu like symptoms. Bone and muscle pain in lower back. Sciatic pain in leg. Bone and muscle pain in chest around the sternum. Pain in collar bone. Within eight hours of taking the generic Ibandronate Sodium, I started feeling very ill as if I had the flu. The pain started in my lower back and eventually to my chest and my collar bone. The next day I was barely able to move. The pain in my back would seize up when I tried to move. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. That was my first and only time taking this drug. I will not be taking it again. It has been two days since I took this drug and I am still having pain. To me this is an indication that this drug is toxic to the human body. F 56 1 days
150 1X M
2/4/2013
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 1  osteopenia I experienced nausea which I ignored for a few weeks then I had to say it was the Boniva, it made me sick to my stomach I told my doctor who said to keep taking it !! I stopped and when she heard that she was very angry - who cares she is only pushing this drug and knows its bad for me . I stopped all the drugs started a healthy eating program for healthy bones by the site reverseosteopenia.com I also got a weight walking vest and found the weight vest Really helped me I got it on reverseosteopenia.com web site - it is very good and thanks to diet and weight vest I have re gained 5% of my bone back again - so dont be fooled by drug companies you can have strong bone and without taking drugs too. I would not take this or any Bisphosphonate drugs they are illegal in several countries now and only in america where greed is king can they still push this poison. Try a healthy diet and you must get a weight vest , try the one by nyknyc its great and check out this web site I mention, it works www.reverseosteopenia.com there are some others but this one is by a nurse who cured herself of osteoporosis with weight workouts and healthy diet she is very good. F 57 4 months
75 1X D
1/30/2013
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 3  diagnosed with osteo perosis all of a sudden I have been having pain in my rib area, but I don't know if its from Boniva, or other meds I have been taking. I read where it could be from a statin pill I take for high cholesterol. I haven't had a bone scan since taking Boniva, so I don't know if it is helping or not. I will probably have one in a couple of months. F 78 1 years
150mg 1X M
1/20/2013
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 1  preventive Taken as preventive medicine..I started having joint pain and severe neck popping. Stopped taking immediately F 53 10 days
1/10/2013

 1  osteopenia Raging, burning incredible heart burn. One pill and I was done! F 69 1 days
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1/5/2013
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 1  Osteoporosis Back pain, foot pain, neuropathy from the left hip to the left foot After taking my first dosage of Boniva I had back pain for a few days, then the feet started. At first I thought maybe I had plantar fascitis or had pulled my Achilles tendon, but there was tingling and burning. I stopped taking Boniva after three months. It's been two months since I stopped but I still have foot problems. I wish I had never taken Boniva. I just hope I can return to pre-Boniva over time. F 62 3 months
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12/9/2012
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 1  Osteopenia I've already talked about my side effects. Just wanted to say that I took my first and only dose on July 15 and I'm still experiencing side effects today, Dec 9. I regret ever taking that drug! F 54 1 days
Lowest 1X M
12/9/2012

 1  Osteoporosis Metal taste in my mouth is awful. Good to see others experience the same. I thought I was nuts. Take this off the market. I The side effects are not told to patients by doctors. Sick of doctors not advising patients. What about other medications we take and how they mix with other medications? 61 2 months
1X M
12/8/2012
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 1  Osteo Chest and back pain. This drug shouldn't be on the market. Doctors Should explain the side effects before prescribing it. Nothing but poison. Please don't take it. F 65 1 days
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11/6/2012

 1  osteoporosis After having one Boniva infusion, I developed Dupuytren's in both palms of my hands, which is very painful. There is no history of this in my family. I wondered if anyone else has developed this condition as a result of taking boniva? F 73 1 times
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10/25/2012
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 1  Doc Recommend Failed Bone Density Pain and Ache in left hip, neck, headache somedays so bad have to lean on right hip to take pressure off since I have to sit at my job, taking elevator can't take stairs, almost can't put left leg first to walk pushing up with right first now to get upstairs afraid legs will give way and I might fall so, go home and lay to get off hip, restless nights then get up the next day and start all over. Noticed more hair loss this week. I do not want to become bald and toothless as some describe so I will not take anymore of this drug. Noticed pain and side effects immediately that something was wrong or different in my body. After my first sample dose 7/15/2012 so when i reordered they gave me generic and it was very painful decided to go back to real Boniva and try figured I might be allergic to generic and less painful but still painful so I will not be taking anymore. I will take more daily intake of Calcium and Vitamins instead of this drug and add lots more excersise to my daily life in order to have a pain free life. The only reason I am looking at this site today 10/16/2012 was my husband recommmended I search the internet to seek more info about this drug and wow I see others are having same issues. I will contact my doctor who highly recommended this treatment and look for other solutions. And yes I took another real Boniva yesterday I will not make this mistake again. F 55 4 months
150 1X M
10/16/2012
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 3   I am posting this note because I have had some success remedying the long term joint pain problems many of you discussed. Although I was taking Fosamax rather than Boniva, they are both bisphosphonates and are very similar in action and side effects, and I thought my success might be very helpful to some of you. After taking Fosamax for 7 years with no problems, I took a single generic pill in October, 2011. In a few hours I had nearly all the side effects listed in the other postings, hip pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, popping joints, soreness on balls of feet. I had been completely pain free before this. I stopped the Fosamax immediately and most of the symptoms subsided over a couple of months. However, the posterior hip continued to hurt with every step, and the shoulder pain continued. For ten months there was no improvement. Besides Fosamax, I had also been taking Lipitor for five years. Since Lipitor is known to cause muscle/joint pain, and since Lipitor affects the same cellular metabolic mevalonate pathway as does Fosamax, I thought I would try discontinuing Lipitor for a while. While not completely gone, the hip and the shoulder improved significantly within weeks. Do approach this cautiously, since you must be on Lipitor for some cardiovascular reason, and your cardiovascular benefits of Lipitor must be weighed in. F 65
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10/15/2012

 1  OSTEOPOROSIS STARTED ON ACTONEL AT FIRST-MADE ME VERY,VERY DIZZZY ABOUT 7 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST DOSE. AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS I WAS SWITCHED TO BONIVA FOR INSURANCE COMPANY REASONS. I HAD BEEN ON BONIVA FOR 8 MONTHS AND STARTED HAVE RIGHT ARM PAIN-TRYING TO REACH UP OR BEHIND ME AS IF TO FASTEN A BRA-VERY PAINFUL!!! ALSO SEVERE RIGHT ANKLE AND KNEE PAIN AT TIMES-COMES AND GOES. THEN THIS YEAR I ALSO HAVE PAIN IN MY LEFT ARM AS WELL!!! DIFFICULT TO PUT ON SHIRTS,COATS ETC. SOMETIMES HURTS MY ARMS JUST TO TURN OVER IN BED! NO OVER THE COUNTER PAIN RELIEVERS HELP MUCH. I HAVE BEEN OFF BONIVA FOR 3 MONTHS NOW AND STILL HAVING THE SAME SIDE EFFECTS. I TOOK MYSELF OFF OF IT BECAUSE I COULD NOT AFFORD IT ANYMORE!!! NOW I AM GLAD I DID AFTER READING THE EMAILS ON THIS WEBSITE!!! F 52 18 months
150 1X M
10/14/2012
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 1  Osteopenia After taking my one and only Boniva on July 15, I still continue to feel it's side effects. Today is Oct 3!!! I looked up online how long the drug stays in your system and after a very technical description of 32 days, it also said, "But many people are reporting longer than that". Well, I guess so!!!! How many complaints does it take before this drug is taken off the market??? F 54 1 days
30mg
10/3/2012
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 1  osteoporosis I tend to not read the potential side effects a perscribed medication because of the power of suggestion. But, because of the odd instructions on this one (sit up straight for an hour after taking) I decided to research a little. I now know I will never take Boniva or any other bisphosphonate. thank you all for your posts. I feel you have saved my from much misery. F 51 1 days
150 mg 1X D
10/1/2012
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 1  Osteoporosis Burning mouth and loose teeth; hair loss; muscle pain all over my body; debilitating fatigue. I wonder if anyone else has lost libido? The symptoms came on slowly and it wasn't until my mouth started burning and my teeth got loose that I began to wonder what was wrong. I'd had a hip replacement and attributed the pain in my legs to that. But my arms and neck also hurt and my hair was falling out. I also had indigestion and fatigue. i would come home from work and lie down and my husband would have to wake me for supper. Then I would be in bed asleep by eight. Also, my thiking was (is) fuzzy, and my eyesight has deteriorated. I'm 69 and my 83-year-old sister-in-law can run rings around me. I hope this goes away. I was taking Ibandronate Sodium, generic for Boniva. Massage therapy has helped somewhat, but there is still pain in the arms, legs and back. F 69 6 years
150 mg 1X M
9/30/2012
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 1  bone loss I am convinced it gave me a heart attack! I had like hives in my esophagus and such an indigestion like I had never had before! I took three days off from work! Later found that I had had a heart attack & do believe it was that day! I had never had indigestion like that in my life! This occurred in 2007, before there was all this information on how lethal Boniva is!!! When I failed my heart tests with my cardiologist, I immediately told him about my experience with Boniva. I also told my primary care physician and he just got up and walked out of the room like I was nuts or not to be believed. Now, that I read all of these comments, I finally feel some support for what I experienced. I will NEVER take another one of these pills! I would rather be alive than have strong bones!!! I hope they take this pill off of the market! What other information is needed to verify how toxic this medicine is to people? F 63 1 days
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9/29/2012

 1  osteoporosis Barf and more barf, near blindness, leg pain, loss of jaw bone. threw away 11 months of dosage. Nearly died previously on reclast and fosamax. Doctors think I am suffering from delusions that these side effects aren't real. I'll show him my barf remains which were so acid my throat nearly seared. After being a garbage inspector for drugs, I realize this is a farce. Lots of boniva ends up in the trash with notes attached how detrimental this drug is and doctors continue to prescribe. Many casualties and now I wonder if my legs are going to be cut off. The skin on my feet thickened, hardened and split. If you can take this, good luck to you. F 58 1 days
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9/28/2012

 1  osteopenia Joint and muscle pain, mostly in my neck, back, and knees. I feel like I have the flu. A terrible rash around my eyes, upper and lower eyelids are very red and swollen. The symptoms subside, somewhat, until the next time release. The side effects are worse this second month. I will not take another dose. EVER! I can't wait until this is out of my system. It is TOXIC! F 57 2 months
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9/23/2012
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 1  osteoporosis muscle pain, joint pain, exhaustion, back ache, side pain, rash on elbow, severe knee pain, cramping in feet, leg cramps; arthritis type feeling in hands I am 47 years old. This isn't my first go around with Boniva-I took is successfully-or so I thought from 2008-2010. No known side effects and my bone density improved. I had some medical problems at the end of 2010 and most of 2011 where I stopped taking it. Had gall bladder surgery in April 2011 and after that couldn't tolerate the boniva anymore because of severe heart burn-my Dr. wanted to do the infusion-but thankfully insurance wouldn't cover it. Stupidly tried Fosamax for a month-that was horrible. Since I already have osteoporosis and due to other high risk factors, I agreed to try the oral Boniva again--its only been a week and its been absolutely horrible. I thought since I didn't get the excruciating heartburn it would be ok--wrong!!! Every muscle, joint, bone in body hurts. There has to be a natural way to stop/improve bone loss!!!! F 47 1 months
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9/21/2012
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 1  Osteo SALLY FIELD HAS BLOOD ON HER HANDS!!! Pretty sad that the lowest rating you can give a drug on this site is a 1 and this poison has an average rating of 1.3! Where is the FDA????? F 69
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9/9/2012

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