BONIVA Reviews

Average Rating: 1.3 (1584 Ratings)

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Key to Ratings: 1=LOW (I would not recommend taking this medicine.)
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 1  Osteoporosis Stomach: couldn't bend over/ slump for 12 hours without risk of reflux. Stomach still mildly sore on day 6. Flu-like: chills, tiredness (negative for COVID). Little pains: little pains in cheek and jawbones on days 2 and 3. Depression: Heavy feeling started after 12 hours and dissipated on day 4. Clear beginning and end. Not my imagination -- spouse commented several times on it. Can't go through this monthly. Desperate to find an alternative. F 51 1 days
1X M
 4  For bone health I have not had any side effects from taking ibandronate sodium, the generic version of Boniva. I have been taking it for over three years. I am shocked and saddened by the awful side effects some women have experienced. F 62 3 years
150MG 1X M
 1  Diagnosed with Osteoporosis I had severe joint and muscle pain from the first dosage. The next month I began with painful joints and muscles. 2 days in I began having severe itching all over with pins and needle feeling all over but really bad in my feet. It's been 9 days and my feet just started feeling better. Legs still burn and itch I will never take any bone medicine again. It has been terrible. I also had a hard time sleeping. Becoming very depressed. F 66 0 weeks
70 2X M
 1  Less bone density Too much pain in all my body specially my back, my eyes always red , worst medicine ever F 52 2 months
150 mg 1X M
 1  Less bone density 0 days
150 mg 1X D
 1  Osteoporosis Joint pain, muscle pain, jaw pain, headache, stomach pain, back pain, nausea, loss of appetite, severe GERD One dose of this and I ended up in the ER in severe pain. Every part of my body hurt. I woke up in the middle of the night curled up in a ball and crying. Some of the worst pain I've ever had. I had severe GERD symptoms, burning pain, nausea, belching. One minute I would be freezing and the next I was pouring sweat. Over all, it was a miserable experience that I will NEVER repeat. I called that very day and had my pharmacist add this medication to my do not take list. F 48 1 days
150 mg 1X M
 1  Osteoporosis Severe joint and muscle pain muscle spasms headache, fever from day 2 of taking the tablet. Was very fit now I struggle to even lift my legs or turn in bed. Hip pain. Will not take it again Poison F 60 10 days
150mg 1X M
 1  Osteoporosis I just spent the day in an urgent care center undergoing numerous tests. They thought I might be having a heart attack. Yesterday, I experienced sudden onset of jaw pain followed by stiffness and numbness. I cannot open my mouth all the way, I have no feeling in my jaw. DO NOT TAKE THIS GARBAGE! F 54 3 months
1 monthly 1X M
 1  Osteopenia Shoulder pain for 5 days. Pain so bad that all I could do was stay in bed. Had to wear a sling to a aleve some of the pain. Never will take it or any similiar medicine again. F 79 1 days
150 1X M
 1  Osteoporosis Severe back pain - sore to the touch. Swollen and painful joints, headache, flu-like body aches, painful bladder and frequent urination, eye pain. I give this a 1 because there is not a lower rating. These side effects have become gradually worse. Horrible experience. I went from being active and feeling well to barely able to get out of bed and unable to even lift my 12 month old grandson. Dissatisfied is an understatement. F 53 3 months
3X M
 1  Osteoporosis Absolutely HORRENDOUS. The manufacturers snd prescribing doctors should be in JAIL. I am SO sick one week after taking this dreadful pill - been sick from one hour after taking it. Sore joints, muscles, ligaments, tummy , head, nausea, not hungry, faint. Dreadful. People ... do not take this F 60 1 days
1X D
 1  Osteopenia Severe bone and joint pain early on. This continued for years, then in addition I started having extreme muscle pain that had no other cause. I still have to deal with this after 13 years - ruined my life. F 76 7 months
30 mg 1X M
 1  Osteoporosis Hip pain from the first dose after 10 hours and neck pain so tired hope it will not last long I will not take it anymore F 64 1 times
150 mg one 1X M
 1  Osteoporosis Back pain. Chest pain. GERD like never before. Total feeling of being unwell. I walk avg 3 miles per day and only take 15 mg over counter Prevacid. One Boniva pill and i am sick as hell. Day 20. Will never ever take again. Actonel was previously prescribed and gave me excruciating bone pain and nose bleed that required surgery to stop. All biphosphonates are poison. Poison. Should be banned. F 64 1 days
1X M
 1  Osteoporosis Flu-like symptoms, aches pains, headache, heart palpitations, eyes hurt F 64 1 years
50 mg 1X M
 2  Oesteo porosis after tamoxifen Pain in jaw to start... Sore tender spine and stiffness in hips. Don't know if that's due to bonviva but the reviews are very worrying.... I don't know if I shouid continue taking this drug... F 58 18 months
1X M
 2  Oesteo porosis after tamoxifen Pain in jaw to start... Sore tender spin and stiffness in hips. Don't know if that's due to bonviva but the reviews are very worrying.... I don't know if I shouid continue taking this drug... F 58 18 months
1X M
 1  Osteopenia/Osteoporosis I have flu like symptoms; dry throat; not sleepy, but feel a loss of energy; sometime nausea although I have an appetite. I have pain in my joints that it never had before. I am generally very active...walk, yoga, yard and housework, but now I have to force myself to get going. I've had other random symptoms, but don't know if it is related. Because of Covid, any unusual symptom is scary. After 3 months on Boniva I skipped a month then started again. It seems like the first month I'm o.k. then each month I feel worse as though it is building up in my system. I see my doctor in a few weeks and I'm going to see if there is another option for me. Don't want a broken hip, but I also don't want to feel the way I'm feeling. F 71 10 months
150 mg. 1X M
 1  Strengthen bones per doctor I took one Boniva 12 years ago in 2008. I was 58, in extremely good health, not overweight, and exercised daily. After one pill my face started to hurt. The way I described it to my husband was that it felt like I was in a car accident without a seatbelt and my face smashed into the dashboard/windshield of the car. It was not a normal headache. My face ACHED. My eye sockets (bones surrounding my eyes) ached so bad I wanted to cry. I had payroll and other important things to do at work so I could not take off but the pain was excruciating. This went on for TWELVE days and I only took 1 pill. We had planned a trip to Spain & I was not even sure if I could go. (The pain finally went away the day before the trip.). I was horrified that one tiny pill could do something like this to a healthy person and I refused to take another dose. After this, I discovered that my mother s dentist did not want to touch her if she took this type of bone-strengthening drug. Also, a few months ago I ran into an old friend. She informed me that she had broken BOTH femurs at separate times and the doctor blamed the bone-strengthening drug for the breaks!!!! This woman is very skinny and has always been thin, so it is not like someone who has bad knees due to being hundreds of pounds overweight or anything like that. Also, she was not doing anything strenuous when her legs broke. I cannot believe women still take this stuff. Not me! F 70 1 days
1X D
 2  Osteoporosis Flu like symptoms, muscle Pain, tiredness, diarrhea F 58 10 days
150 1X M

BONIVA  (IBANDRONATE SODIUM):  Ibandronate is used to prevent and treat certain types of bone loss (osteoporosis). Osteoporosis causes bones to become thinner and break more easily. Your chance of developing osteoporosis increases after menopause, as you age, or if you take corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone) for long periods. This medication works by slowing bone loss to help maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of broken bones (fractures). Ibandronate belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonates.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)