Drug Ratings for BONIVA

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 1  Osteopenia This is a folllow-up to my first entry dated 9/9/08. I still continue with severe stiffness in my neck, with on & off pain in my left lower jaw and lft section of my collar bone. The base of my skull hurts all the time. I occasionally get chest tightness and feel ashmatic. I still feel and walk like someone 20+ years my age. I have been warning everyone I know to stay away from this drug. M 57
10/17/2008

 5  Loss of bone density No side effects from Boniva, but I can't tolerate Fosamax or Actonel. Both caused horrible flu-like symptoms. My Doctor was totally unaware of the severe side effects of these drugs. This web site really helped me. F 51 1 years
10/19/2008

 1  bone density Achy all over, severe left hip pain, bloated stomach, blurred vision, return of my migraines, severe back and left shoulder pain, arthritic-like pain in my hands/fingers I have been feeling "brutal" for months and never once asscoiated it with my once monthly Boniva tablet - read on line regarding the side effects and I had a "light bulb" moment - I am done with Boniva and hope to soon be back on the floor playing with my grand daughter F 53 14 months
10/19/2008

 5  osteopenia Having been on Actonel by mouth and Arimidex I find very few side effects that I'm not already used to. I have just had my 3rd infusion. After 2 infusions, my bone density improved dramatically. The IV infusion is truly worth the every 3 month trip and no worry about damage to my esophagus. F 66 270 days
10/21/2008

 1  Osteopenia I took Boniva on a Thurs morning. I felt kinda flu-like that day, but could deal with it and thought it might not be too bad. The next morning when I got up, I could hardly walk, I kid you not! My back hurt so badly, I wanted to scream! I have a high tolerance to pain, but this was nothing I've ever felt before, like someone reached inside the mid of my back & ripped it apart. I took many pain pills that day & nothing would even touch it. I was ready to call an ambulance, & I don't go to the ER unless I'm dying. Back & leg pain was present for the next 4 dys, not quite as bad, but bad enough. I could hardly walk/move. It is now Mon, 12 dys later, & I've had a horrible headache & felt nauseous all day. Plus, my emotions have been all over the place & I awoke this morning having a nightmare! I think Boniva has ruined me for good! I'm not sure how Boniva works in someone's body, but there certainly must be a better way. I'll stick to my extra Calcium & vit D. I already tried Actonel & it's generic & they both made me feel achy too. I think the drug makers need to go back to work on this medicine & come up with something with less severe side effects! Boniva is HORRIBLE! I've heard if you take Boniva for 4 mos, the side effects will subside. But I'm afraid it would kill me before those 4 mos were up...seriously! F 55 12 days
10/21/2008

 1  osteopenia/osteoporosis After several years I suddenly started breaking ribs for no apparent reason. The bone specialist I am seeing told me to stop the Boniva immediately. Since I have stopped taking the medication I also noticed that my skin isn't nearly as dry or itchy as it has been. I might have had other side effects but I have SLE and osteoarthritis so I might not have associated any other symptoms to the Boniva. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis but after a year of taking the Boniva there was improvement and the tests now show Osteopenia. I found I had a vitamin D deficiency right after I started breaking my ribs. My former primary didn't test for Vitamin D so I have no idea how long I had the deficiency. I think this type of drug might be good (if you don't have any other side effects) on a short-term basis. F 55 4 years
10/21/2008

 1  osteopenia severe pain on the right side of my neck, shoulder and arms i started taking the once a month boniva in January 2008 - June 2008. in the begining when i started taking boniva i used to wake up in the morning with my right arm being a little numb.........i thought it was because of the osteoarthritis in my neck, so i ignored it. one month after i stopped taking the boniva i woke up in the morning with a severe throbbing pain in my right arm. i couldn't move my right arm and it was limp. i went to my doctor and she prescribed naproxen. the naproxin helped with the inflamation. however, i cannot carry anything with my right arm, and i cannot even put a purse on my right shoulder. i still have the pain (because sometimes i forget that i have limited use of my right arm). but the overall pain in my shoulder, neck and arm are still there, even 4 months after stopping the use of boniva. i need to know how long does it actually take for boniva to get out of your system, and is there anything i can do to speed up the process!!! i would never recommend F 47 6 months
10/23/2008

 2  osteoporosis Have had bad taste in my mouth for several months. Sometimes tastes like something metallic. Otherwise, bad taste. Pain in my left upper arm. Has anyone else had these problems? I've eliminated all over the counter bottles to see if they were the culprits (fish oil, glucosomine,/chondrotite (sp?) COq10). Also have back pain. Seeing primary 11/17 to discuss. Don't honestly know if I will take my one pill on 10/30. Had stomach upset while taking Fosamax. F 76 6 months
10/25/2008
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 1  osteopenia Joint pain in my arms and legs. Severe heartburn and stomach pain that lasted several days. Worsening of IBS symptons already present. A year ago I took one dose of Boniva and never took another dose. Now my doctor is trying to get me to take it or something like it again. Since I have IBS already, I'm afraid that if I restart the Boniva, I'll never leave the bathroom. I am concerned about my bones and want to do what I can to be healthy, but the idea of being on a treatment that keeps me sick and in pain for the rest of my life doesn't sound like a smart trade off. F 56 1 times
10/27/2008

 4  Osteoporosis None so far. I delayed taking Boniva because Ask A Patient comments made me fearful of negative side effects, but I had to do something to avoid probable fractures. I'll know if it was successful after my next bone scan. If there is improvement I will upgrade my rating from 4 to 5. F 57 8 months
10/28/2008

 1  osteoporosis Flu like symtoms without the fever, Nausea, and Severe Diarrhea. I have a hard time believing anything that your body fights so hard to get rid of can actually be good for you! I do not take any medicines other than prevacid and vitamins. I have followed the instructions for Boniva exactly as prescribed. I took my 3rd dose on 10-26-08 and within 24 hours (at work) became very ill. I am missing work today because, I too can't seem to get out of the bathroom. I am normally a pretty healthy person. I had the same symtoms last month lasting for 3 days, but that dose was taken on the morning of a Chemical Stress Test of my Heart. So I thought my body was fighting the chemicals of that test. However, now I know it was the Boniva. I don't really know what to do since I was already taking Calcium and Vitamin D when I had the bone density test that came back positive of Osteoporosis. I will talk to my healthcare provider, but I don't think I will try Boniva again. If anyone out there knows of any natural herbs to help, please post them. I don't normally tak F 52 3 months
10/28/2008

 1  ostioporosis Within 2 hours of taking Boniva, I had severe diarrhea, but thought maybe my body had to "get use to" the drug. Second dose taken yesterday did me in! I got up last night w/ severe joint and muscle pain. I thought to myself, "Can I make it to the bathroom?" Legs seem to give out and severe pain in my left hand and wrist. Still some pain. Could not grip blow dryer to dry hair ( I am left handed.) Praying the side effects will go away! I am discontinuing drug. The side effects are the most severe I have ever experienced. F 53 2 months
10/28/2008

 1  osteopenia Hip/thigh pain and stiffness to the extent I could barely walk.Awakening with numb right arm. Severe cramps from feet to hips.Split,chipped fingernails and inflamed eyelids and stabbing pain between shoulder blades. After bills in excess of $1,000.00 for chiropractory,physical therapy and a polymyalgia test without results or diagnosis it was I who thought Boniva may be suspect.I think it would have killed me and warn everyone I can of it's effects. F 70 3 years
10/29/2008
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 1  osteopanea headaches, heavy pain in sacroiliac joints, muscles, neck and right tooth ache(have never been to a dentist before in my life). general tiredness. this is poison and docs should be sued for recommending such medicines as it is their responsibility to spell out the hidden sight effects which conveniently pharmaceutical companies hide for the sake of profit making. Appalling to think that they should be helping people not killing them. F 44 1 days
10/30/2008

 1  for osteopena Two and a half weeks after taking my first monthly pill I started with severe back spasm's I went to a Chiropractor, a regular MD, and a back specialist. I had two cortizone injections in the back, x rays, MRI's, back adjustments, ultra sounds, back massages, tinge machine used on back, moist heat packs on & off all day I had three prescriptions for back pain and muscle spasms. I also was having a very tight feeling in my chest like some one was sqeezing the air out of my chest. I than one more week later broke out in hives all over. Now it is about time to take second dose of Boniva, which I did not. I am now taking Benadryl for hives and have had to have two injections to get rid of them. My mother told me to check out the side effects on line for Boniva which I did. Was I ever amazed at the people that were having the same side effects as I was. I took this info to my Doctor's who read it and said yes it was probably the Boniva pill who would have figured !!!! All the d F 48 1 months
10/31/2008
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 1   The info at the following link was written by ex-pharmaceutical chemist Shane Ellison about Boniva and it's endorser Sally Field: www.thepeopleschemist.com/view_stinky.php?stinky_id=12 "The net result of taking Boniva is that you become a sack of old bones, held up by a crusty skeleton which is actually becoming more and more fragile over time, the exact opposite of what Sally’s anti-osteoporosis commercial implies". Shane Ellison M.Sc. M
11/2/2008
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 1  osteoporosis sore breasts, diareah, stomach pains, and very severe bone pain in hips arms and legs,after only 1 dose!!! To the person who wrote on 10/28/08, Last year I read an article in the Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper, about Prevacid, it said it can cause Osteoporosis to develop from this medicine, I cant find the article right now, I know for sure what I read, Research if you wish to, Good Luck, and Stay away from Boniva!! F 55 1 days
11/2/2008

 3  pre-menopausal osteoporosis this is day 2 - slight upset stomach and stomach pain. a little achy. after reading these comments, I am very concerned about what may be ahead in the next few days. F 43 2 days
11/6/2008

 1  Osteopenia Initially a severe pain in my right hip. Then sore muscles in my chest that felt as if I had been lifting weights. Then severe pain between my shoulder blades started and then sciatic nerve acting up. In the morning all muscles ached at the same time making it very difficult to get out of bed. About 3 advils would take the edge off but not for long. All this coupled with fatigue - I was sleeping 2-3 hours longer than usual and then wanting to take a nap. At first I associated it with a trip to Germany I took 1 day after my first dose but when the symptoms continued for 1 week I decided to research side effects of boniva. I WILL NOT TAKE ANOTHER DOSE. F 59 1 months
11/10/2008
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 1  Osteopenia First month was fine...figured I was home-free with this drug. Within 2 days after second month I experienced flu-like symptons. I took the pill on Mon and by Wed evening I began feeling bloated and had severe gas but not diahrea. As the evening progressed I just had an overall bad feeling. By the next morning I just knew I must have the flu since I experienced fever (100.5) chills, severe joint and muscle aches (mainly in my back). From the onset to the end (fri) was about 48 hours. I was fine for a couple of days and then on Sun I started getting a stiff neck. By the end of the night I was pathetic. Not only did my neck hurt, but my back, the top of my right foot at the ankle, my left thumb joint, my chest feels like it's in a vice being squeezed. This is pretty scarey stuff, especially since I've always been very healthy and am used to exercizing regularly (I work at an exercise facility for women). I have not yet contacted my physician (gyn) but I plan to today. I will defin F 60 2 months
11/10/2008

 3  bone loss I tried Actonel one year ago and after a couple of months of having severe hip pain I looked up the side effects for Actonel and found that joint pain was one of the main ones. So I quit taking it. When I went bacy to my OB/GYN in Oct of 07 he insisted that I try the Bonivia as I was already showing 25% bone loss. The Boniva has not bothered me the way the Actonel did and I sure like the once a month over once a week. But I have come from the dentist today and am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience. Because I have some peridontal disease I have my teeth cleaned every 3 months. My last two cleanings have required extra care. The plaque has been much more and more difficult to remove than ever in the past. The doctor first asked me about changes in my dental habits, which there were none. Then he asked if I was on any new medicines. I thought of the Boniva and he says he has not heard of it being a problem but I thought I'd mention it as it is the only thing that I Would just like to know if anyone has had problems with plaque build up on your teeth. F 55 1 years
11/11/2008
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 4   Felt very good within 24 hours. All weakness disappeared. Bones felt stronger. Dont know long term effects. So far I have had my first dose (Monthly).I had absolutely no side effects (SO FAR) M 60 3 weeks
11/12/2008
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 1  I have osteoporosis After taking Boniva for 7 months I experienced joint pain and muscle discomfort in my knees and hips. I cannot walk up or down stairs without aid of a railing; my 2 mile daily walks are very painful; I cannot bend down onto my knees. I never cross my legs because of the pain. It hurts to turn in bed. Every step I take hurts my knees and hips. I am very unhappy with my negative life changes due to this awful drug. I have not taken it for four months, now and still have the exact same symptoms caused by this drug. PLEASE TAKE IT OFF THE MARKET SO OTHERS DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS!!!!! Take it off the market. I took the drug for 7 months. It has caused me terrible constant pain in my legs and hips. After 4 months off the drug, I still have the aches and pains.I would love to be in a class action suit against this drug. 60 7 days
11/13/2008
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 1  Possible relief from bone pain See comments. After reading this Web site, I declined to take Boniva. However, yesterday I learned from someone who is on chemotherapy at a major cancer treatment center that doctors there treat severe bone pain (caused by chemotherapy) by prescribing Claritin, an over-the-counter antihistamine sold in most pharmacies. The doctors don't know why it works, but it does. If you're not allergic to the ingredients in Claritin, and you have severe bone pain from Boniva that nothing has yet relieved, perhaps you might try it. I will watch for feedback from anyone who tries this possible remedy. F 62
11/13/2008

 1  Osteoporosis I have been on Boniva, once a month for about a year now. Over this past year I have experienced bone pain, soreness and cramping of calf muscles, bloating, an arthritic feeling in my hands, rapid heart rate (most recent dose only), dental issues requiring $5000.00 worth of dental work needed (which occurred only 6 mo. after a complete dental exam which was fine), bloating and for the first time in my life, heartburn. After reading this website, I now realize that these symptoms I have been experiencing over the past year are more than likely from Boniva. I will NOT take any more Boniva and will just be very faithful with my calcium supplements and mineral supplements. F 53 12 months
11/14/2008

 1  Osteoporosis Terrible migratory joint pain and limited mobility in affected joints for a year and a half after a single injection, which was supposed to be repeated every 3 months. After taking 1200 IU Vitamin D3 for 5 months, prescribed by my Endocrinologist, joint pain is mostly gone. I suspect the Boniva depleted my body of Vitamin D. It would probably be a good idea for anyone experiencing this joint pain to try Vitamin D3. I thought I was going to have to live with the pain and limited mobility forever, since it lasted so long. F 57 1 times
11/15/2008

 1  Osteoporosis / Osteopenia It's been 3 weeks since taking my first Boniva pill, I'm still having terrible stomach pain, and indigestion problems that I would call severe.. After taking the pill, which I did as directed, I had mild symptoms that WORSENED daily. I had nausea, diarrhea, flu symptoms, terrible back pain, most horrible pains on left side that moved around, Didn't know if it was my colon, stomach, or heart.. I had hot sensations that ran through my body.. I have headaches now , teeth hurt , lost 2 fillings.. No Appetite.. Even If I do get hungery, and eat, it feels like Ive swallowed a rock .. Chest Pain, pain is between breast bones. Bloating , stomach rumbling , gas .. Just feel horrible .. I went back to the doctor 2 days after taking this and told them I was having a problem, to my surprise it was only the beginning of a mess.. I was told there was a stomach virus going around and was given a couple of things to ease that.. Well since then, I've had some good days , but the bad ones are really bad I really feel for the elderly in homes that don't have a say in what they take , they must just lay there in horrible pain,, Their families probably don't have a clue whats happening to them.. It can be contributed to many things.. I just hope people spread this around to save some the horribe side effects of this medication.. I;m aware of the serious issues with bone loss, BUT THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER WAY.. THERE JUST HAS TO BE F 53 21 days
11/16/2008
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 1  OSTEOPENIA EXTREME BACK MUSCLE SPASMS,KIDNEY STONE, FOOT NEUROMA, 2 ROUNDS OF BRONCHITIS, 2 ROOT CANALS WITHIN 1ST 6 MONTHS OF BONIVA. HAD FOOT SURGERY, KIDNEY STONE SURGERY, WAS ON BREATHING TREATMENTS, JUST HAD A MRI ON MY BACK, GOING IN NEXT MONTH FOR 3RD ROOT CANAL. TOOK 2 DOSAGES AND PROBLEMS STARTED WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF FIRST DOSE. WILL BE 2 YEARS SINCE BONIVA IN DECEMBER.STILL HAVE BACK PAIN FOR NO REASON AND HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE LAST ROOT CANAL. F 55 2 months
11/17/2008

 1  Osteopenia in one hip About a week after taking 9th dose, had sharp internal pains which progressed to nausea, then significant abdominal bloating/swelling about a week later. Began having gurgling/squeaky noises in intestine at night. Nausea eased off but began having pains mainly on left front abdominal but also across upper area under front bottom ribcage. Pain began later across mid-back. No diarrhea through all this. Didn't take the 10th month pill and am feeling better gradually. 6 weeks after last pill, about every other day get some slight full feeling, minimal bloating and unease in upper stomach. Pains are slight to nonexistent now. Realized also that knuckle swelling last few months has disappeared, too. F 53 9 months
11/18/2008

 1  Osteoprosis Within 24 hours, severe back pain and spasms, tingling in left leg, chills,back skin feels hot, itching, pain moves around, toes, eyes, etc. Doctor told me to take Benadryl. It is now 1 week and not much relief. I felt great before taking Boniva, now feel as many others have said, 100 years old. I would be interested to know how long it could take to get out of the system, or if there is permanent damage. BONIVA is a very dangerous drug. I should have been tipped off as to just how powerful it is when I had to sign a release form at the pharmacy before taking possession. I will never take it again. F 64 1 days
11/20/2008

 1  Osteopenia Extreme bone, muscle, joint pain and mild GI issues. Took second dose on 7-15-08 and symptoms are slightly better. I am especially angry about the lack of knowledge about these miserable side effects on the part of the medical profession. Would love to hear from others about how long it took to get rid of their side effects. F 57 2 months
11/22/2008
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 1  osteoporosis Felt immediately stronger after 1st monthly dose, but 3 weeks later started having back pain, muscle spasms of the back, horrible aching in one hip, headaches; one morning I was so stiff I felt like my bones were concrete. I wake up with pain somewhere every day now and my lumbar spine hurts all the time. The horrible bloating, weight gain, gas, and intestinal pain started after the second monthly dose. I saw my naturopath (sure do wish I had done that before taking the Boniva) and he gave me a calcium/magnesium supplement and Vitamin D2. I'm going to keep up with those and definitely not take any more Boniva. I felt fine before I took it and now I feel horrible. A class action suit is in order. F 54 2 months
11/22/2008

 1  Osteopenia I have taken 3rd dose of Boniva, On 2nd dose had chest pain, thought I worked out to hard with personal trainer. This time after 2nd day, my right side of face and eye are sensitive to the touch. Neck and lower back are stiff. A friend is taking Miacalcin which is a nasal spray with success. I work out every day to prevent this disease and the medicine makes my joint, jaw and lower back hurt all of the time. I am taking 2000IU D3 per day with Calcium and fish oils now and will not take another dose. I have read this is helping some women. We all must research for our own health and cannot trust the FDA to look out for us. I read some people are taking Prevacid, I took this for 2 years and google Prevacid because it causes bone loss. Feel worse with each dose. My dentist told me if I continue to not take for more than 2 years. F 53 3 months
11/23/2008

 1  Onset of Osteopenia My mother began taking this prescription two months ago. By her second dose she began complaining of severe headaches and most recently she can barely get out of bed due to severe back and leg pain. I wish I would have found this web site before she paid for this over priced drug. F 65 3 months
11/24/2008
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 1  osteoporosis stomach pain, gastritis, joint & muscel pain ... overall, flu-like symtoms. Symtoms start 2 days after taking monthly pill and last approximately 3-4 days. I'de been taking boniva for 2 years before my symptoms became severe. Went to my internist, who percribed the drug. He perscribed 2 antibiotics and ordered a CT scan. Six months later the symtoms reocurred. This time I went to a gastrologist and had an endoscopy and ultrasound. Three months later same symtoms. This time a colonoscopy. All these test revealed a healthy body. I began my own investigation by looking back at my calendar and noticed each episode was 2 days after taking the boniva. I am mortified that I've been taking this poison pill that has made me so sick. I, of course, will not take another and just pray some permanent damage has not been done to my body. F 62 3 days
11/24/2008

 1  Osteopenia The first day after I took Boniva I felt like I had been run over by a bus. I literally hurt everywhere - my joints, my muscles, especially my back and ribcage. I took this drug for the first time one week ago and have been living on Advil, which only helps alleviate the pain a little bit! My back and ribs are now the only thing left that are painful, but the pain there has gotten worse over the last couple of days. I will never, ever take this drug again - I wish I had read this website before I took this drug. F 51 1 months
11/25/2008
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 1  osteoporosis gas, bloating, fever of 101, chills,joint pain, diarrhea, severe fatigue,constant vomiting over 12hours, stomach cramping, chest and back pain, metallic taste in mouth. Lost 3 days of work this month. This has happened twice this first month. 2 weeks apart. It seems criminal that this medication is prescribed and consumers are not being made aware of these dibilitating side effects. F 55 1 months
11/26/2008

 1  i'm peri-menopausal Severe pain in major trochantor/hip area. Can not walk, bend or sit on toilet! 've only taken 1 monthly dose (150 mg) and did so according to the instructions. Can only hope the pain will decrease as this "JUNK" gets out of my system. Do not take this mediciation! As usual, the FDA has released yet another drug that has severe side effects. F 53 1 days
11/27/2008
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 1  osteoporosis/osteospenia I an taking Dilantin for seizure control and it has caused me to have osteopenia in the lumbar area of my back and osteoporosis in my left hip. I am premenapausal. My doctor prescribed Fosamax for me for this problem but, after taking it for 7 weeks, I started having increased heartburn and burping up acid in my mouth and throat.(I have had GERD for about 10 years which I had informed my doctor about).Also after the first day of taking Fosamax, I had a severe headache.I had been taking Prilosec for about 10 years to keep my GERD under control, which it did. She told me I could go up to 4 tablets a day of the Prilosec to control the incresed heartburn caused by the Fosamax but, even taking 4 a day did nothing to help. I told her of the problem I was having and she switched me to Boniva. The problem did not improve but got worse. I have only taken one tablet of Boniva and do not plan to take anymore. I still have the bad heartburn and wake up every morning with burning in my throat and s I also have occassional twinges of pain in my joints in various places and some swelling in my feet and ankles and sometimes bad headaches. But, the heartburn is the biggest problem. It feels as if someone has a lit match in my throat. My doctor has told me I can stop the Boniva, which I am going to and to go and talk to an infusion doctor about a once a year infusion medication. She says this one should not have the same side effects, namingly the heartburn as the Boniva and Fosamax but, I will see what the infusion doctor says. With the way my throat feels most of the time I am afraid If I take any more of the Boniva I will eventually get erosions in my Esophagus which can lead to cancer. I would rather deal with the osteoporosis/osteopenia then have to worry about getting cancer one day from taking this medicine. I would not recommend this medicine and if others want to try it check out this site or ask around to others who have taken it to get their oppinions. Also make sure you F 47 3 weeks
11/28/2008
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 1  oesteopenia Had my first pill of Boniva yesterday morning. Was fine for about 8 hours and then experienced an onslaught of severe stomach pains. I felt so miserable, and still do now into my second day. Wasted money on Pepto Bismol. Have lost my appetite. Have muscle pain, albeit mild for now, in my upper torso and shoulder areas. So sad to come here to find out that these symptoms may only be the beginning of more severe and long-lasting ones. No more Boniva for this 48 year old. M 48 2 days
12/1/2008

 1  Osteopenia Terrible chest pains as if I were having a heart attack. I have also experienced joint pain, especially in my right hip. I took Boniva for 19 months without any problems. All of a sudden I started waking up with terrible chest pains. Since I have been very active all my life neither my doctor or I thought it was my heart. To be on the safe side I underwent stress and other tests to eliminate the heart.I have a very healthy heart. I decided it was the Boniva and my Dr. agreed. I have been off the med. for three months which is the length of time it takes to be out of your body. I am no better. I am also wondering if this is a permanent situation. I had never had any problem with heart burn or digestion before Boniva. I am appalled that so many people are suffering and nothing is being done. F 65 19 months
12/1/2008

 1  bone density -2.8 stomach pains, severe joint pain, back and shoulder blade pain, ankles swollen, chest pain, rapid heart beat, dizzy , heart burn, vomiting, stomach worse with food, tired, loose stools, this is the 3rd round of 3 month iv push. Had similar problems with actonol and fosamax last time for me. too much side affects. I'm 46, but feel like 86 F 46 9 months
12/1/2008

 2  osteoporosis; osteopenia I have been taking once a month boniva since January 2008 without experiencing any side effects; I broke off a crown in October and had it repaired; since that time I have had severe jaw pain and gum sensitivity; yesterday 12-1-08 I returned to the dentist to have a filling replaced; I was injected 3x with anesthesia; I still wasn't completely numb and the third hit a nerve in my cheek that affected my eye-sight and it felt like a bolt of electricity. I have never had any dental problems before taking this med and am finding that few doctors (even my dentist) believe taking the boniva is the cause, I however do, and after reading other horror stories on line, will not be taking this med again. Has anyone else experienced this? I also, am very active, run regularly and watch what I eat; I absolutely hate having this osteoporsis stigma! F 53 10 months
12/2/2008
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 1  bone density Flu like symptoms. Throwing up. Tired and loss of appetite. Bowl discomfort. Stomach ache. All this happened about 6 hours after taking the pill. F 61 1 days
12/2/2008

 1  osteoporosis back pain and shoulder pain two days after first dose (monthly dose), unable to straighten right leg for 24 hour period 2 weeks later; headache, fatigue, dizziness, burning sensation in throat, upset stomach from second week and continuing. Took 1 monthly dose one month ago. Side effects started two days later. Joint and muscle pain, fatigue and dizziness have passed. Upset stomach, burning sensation in throat continues. Doctor recommended H2 blocker (Zantac) for stomach upset, which has helped somewhat. I am told these side effects may last a few months. Will not take another dose, or any other bisphosphonate, again. F 58 1 months
12/2/2008

 1  Osteopenia Have had several doses of Boniva. After reading the comments on this site..I think that I am starting to connect the dots. Chronic headaches, back pain and now severe bilateral hip and knee pain. Also, very dry eyes/lids. I require artificial tears several times a day. I see my doctor tomorrow. I have seen some comments that address symptoms subsiding, but many of you are still experiencing these symptoms. Have any of your physicians addressed these lasting symptoms? Thanks. F 49
12/3/2008
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 1  diagnosed osteoporosis i have only take it once, two days ago. that night i kept waking up with very sever acid reflux; GERD is a problem i deal with all the time and i am medicated for it, but THIS was unbelievable. felt like i had the flu all day yesterday, headache, nauseous, muscle pain, jaw pain, and THEN, when i decided to rest at 5pm before a 7pm meeting, i laid down on my left side and felt like i was crushing all the bones in my chest...then felt like a heart attack was occurring. today i am very fatigued, still, and the acid reflux is not even responding to medication. i am NOT going to take Boniva again. i went to THIS website http://www.thepeopleschemist.com/view_stinky.php?stinky_id=12 ...and learned all i need to know about Boniva. i tend to NOT read possible side effects when i take a new med, so that information is not wedged into my brain...i do a wait and see kind of thing. but THIS was a bad experience....i am horrified that such CRAP would be fed to women...."oh, this will increase your bone mass tremendously..." yeah, you might DIE, or wish you WOULD die, while taking it, but what the hell?".... no. i will NOT take Boniva again. and i am very glad i found this website. F 56 2 days
12/3/2008
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 1  osteopenia INCAPACITATING PAIN: lower back, shoulders, hands, fingers, arms trouble getting up from a chair, walking, holding a coffee cup. PLEASE HELP ME TO FIND HOW I CAN COUNTERACT THIS DRUG AND GET IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM. Is this now a permanent problem? I am now taking narcotics on a daily basis to just barely function. Before this I was walking miles daily, exercising and very active. My greatest regret is that I did not realize the cause sooner. I need to get on with my life (get my old life back). I realize I am getting older, but I feel as though I've aged 20 years in the past 6 months. I would appreciate any input . Thank you. F 65 600 days
12/5/2008
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 2  Osteopenia Headaches; Keratitis; Dermatitis; severe joint and hip pain; chronic back pain; transient chest pains; high blood pressure; numbness in fingers The fact that the television commercials warn that if one has severe joint or hip pain to contact their doctor immediately, is an indicator that the manufacturer is fully aware of the side effects that patients are experiencing!! ***Please contact the FDA & submit your formal complaint at: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/how.htm F 49 1.1 years
12/6/2008

 1  osteopenia Hypertension!;severe joint pain, especially in knees, headache, overall flu like symptoms but the knee pain was different; pain is legs makes it hard to walk, knees feel swollen yet are not I took one dose of the monthly Boniva. Approximately 2-3 weeks later I developed symptoms like the flu but knew it felt different; also at a routine dr appt I had a high blood pressure reading which I have continued to have for next 2 weeks! I thought about what had changed lately and Boniva was the only thing. Checked the side effects and EVERY problem I was having was listed. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG! F 58 1 months
12/6/2008

 4  osteopenia I have had no problems for the 3 years I have been on the drug. I have heard about all the jaw problems and a friend had 2 broken femurs and the doctors said it was from taking the drug too long. I have taken myself off of it, even though my bone density has improved. I haven't experienced any of the side effects I found listed. F 60 3 years
12/11/2008

 3  Osteoporosis The first three months I had no side effects. The fourth and sixth months I had flu like symptoms the day after taking the pill which lasted about 36 hours. Also, the day after my 6th dose (month) I began having excrutiating pain in one leg and one arm. I also had occasional chest pains. If I drank a carbonated drink the chest pains would go away. Because I am hoping this medication helps my osteoporosis instead of discontinuing using it, I paid close attention to what I did different the times I had the bad reactions. My conclusion: I did not drink enough water and was fairly inactive those two times. These last three months I have made sure I drink at least 16 ounces of water and try to keep physically busy after my hour is up, like cleaning the house or activities where I am using most of my body. I also make sure I eat a good breatfast about 1 1/2 hours after taking the pill. I have had absolutely no side effects the last three doses and the pain in my limbs, for the most part, has gone away. It does not come back as long as I am fairly active. The chest pains have stopped. F 61 9 months
12/11/2008
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 2  osteopenia after one week of my first dose, I awoke with severe chest pain over the sternum. Thought it could be heart related but remembered this same experience with Fosamax 7 years ago and I had to quit taking that med. If it didn't have so many harsh side effects - it may be worth the high cost. There must be something else - recommend the younger generation take calcium before you get to our stage of life. 55 8 days
12/11/2008

 1  Osteopenia Severe joint and muscle pain. Every joint. Stairs difficult, getting up from a stooped position or sitting position. Severe chest pain. I took only 2 doses and in the last 2-3 weeks is when these symptoms began. Motrin is not helping.....I had no idea it could be side effects of this drug....I received no warning from my doctor. I will not continue, it is much to painful. F 49 2 months
12/13/2008
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 1  Osteoporosis Golf ball lump at last injection, nurse either went through the vein or missed it. Chest pain started that night. Next day took Enbrel injection & Methotrexate. Next day cellulitis started on inner left leg so stayed home with leg elevated, 5 days later diarrhea, chest pain and pain down left arm, trouble breathing, nausea, weakness ended up in ER. All tests normal, still home from work. In the last year I've taken Boniva I've experienced severe left leg pain, had more dental problems, difficulty swallowing, itching, tiredness, abdominal pain, ear congestion, 4 staff infections in 6 months, nightmares, weight gain, gas & bloating. There is more but I never connected it to the Boniva injection. I think I've had every symptom listed on this site... Do not take this drug, I wish I would have investigated it myself instead of taking my Rheumy's advice. F 55 1 years
12/15/2008

 1  osteopenia I started taking boniva may 2008. I was in the ER over the next several months 5 times for severe pain in my joints that moved from site to site, wrists, thumbs, shoulders, knees, and back. I did not realize that it was the boniva causing the pain. I had a history of back pain so when I could not lift my left leg, I thought that it was my back. My pain was so severe that I could not walk or use the affected joint. I cried with the pain. I am a very active person and this has changed my life. I was tested for arthritis, gout,lymes and lupus. I have had all my joints x-rayed. All negative. I took my last monthly dose in Sept. 2008. I still have the pain come over me, starts like a cramp then becomes so painful within hours that I cry like a baby. The pain will resolve 24-36 hours later. How long will this last.. I can't live like this. I miss work, leave work and have to take pain meds to tolerate the pain..I have never used pain narcotics in the past not even with my back pain F 52 6 months
12/17/2008
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 1  osteopenia Severe stomach pain, diarrhea, joint and muscle ache one or two days after taking the first dose of Boniva as prescribed. Ended up at my internist and then ER twice. All the tests indicated no reason for symptoms. I never realized it could be Boniva and continued to take it, still experiencing the diarrhea, heartburn, and back aches. After connecting the dots, I have stop taking Boniva and have QUIT FOREVER. I had changed from Fosamax to Boniva because of the chronic heartburn I was experiencing. Until my sister ended up in the hospital for 3 days with the EXACT symptoms after her second dose of Boniva and the tests showed no reason for her discomfort, I did not blame Boniva. But a doctor told her that it MOST DEFINITELY was the Boniva and said it should be taken OFF THE MARKET. F 67 10 months
12/20/2008

 1  Osteopenia Within a week of taking my first dose, I had a severe allergic reaction. Developed hives/rash starting in my scalp, spreading to my neck, chest, shoulders, arms, groin and even my legs. Itching was nasty, was prescribed prednisone in two series and having to deal with the side effects of that drug. Wouldn't come near that medication again. Worst reaction to any medication in my life. M
12/20/2008
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 2  osteoporosis (genetic) terrible stomach pain, feeling dizzy, headache, and other common side effects but much desparetely stomach pain I ve just login to your site...while I was searching the net about Protelos and its side effects. I ve found some of your experiences very shocking...I ve been using Protelos for almost 3 and a half year. I ve been struggling osteoporosis. My Dr. said it was genetic...some of my bone making genes are effected which are COL1A1...after using several medicines now I am on Protelos threatment... my bone mass density is getting better, still very lover than the normal...hovever I am not feeling very well...there is no particular effect that I can tell you... but I am not feeling the same before I started to take Protelos...I feel tired, dizzy, sleepy, and etc... Of course these semptoms may be other than the effects of protelos and aspartam... Could you pls give me some advice honestly?... Should I continue to take Protelos ( strontium renalate + aspartame ) and Osteocare ( calcium and vit D.) Or Should I try other threatments like strontium citrate... Now, my dr. changed my dru M 31 3 days
12/25/2008
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 1  osteo experienced gut-wrenching diarrhea and vomiting approximately 20 hours after taking 1st dose-so severe i fainted and fell face-down on tile floor-knocking out my two front teeth-I attributed it to flu or food-poisining-missed 3 days of work....never made the connection to the Boniva pill....regret not exploring this site prior to taking 1st dose-will not take again-plus, my oral surgeon that did my two front tooth implants, forbid the use of Boniva by me. would definitely NOT recommend this medication F 60 1 months
12/27/2008
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