Boniva is brand name for ibandronate. It belongs to bisphosphonates group of medicines. It is used for treatment of osteoporosis in women after menopause. It also prevents osteoporosis by affecting the bone formation and breakdown cycle.

Common Side Effects of Boniva

The most common side effects of Boniva are:

  • Back Pain
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Bronchitis
  • Arm or leg pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Infections
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • High level of Cholesterol
  • Muscle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Dizziness
  • A spinning sensation or vertigo
  • Pneumonia
  • Sore throat
  • Bladder infection
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Upset stomach
  • Mild flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, body ache, muscle ache, etc.
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dryness of throat
  • Frequent urge to urinate or painful, difficult, or burning urination.
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Cough producing mucus

Serious Boniva Side Effects

Boniva can also produce severe and fatal side effects as follows:

  • It can cause throat pain, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing. If the condition persists or aggravates, it may be a sign of ulcer of the esophagus.
  • Severe heartburn, which could stay longer, is also caused by Boniva.
  • The bone, muscle, or joint pain produced by Boniva can be severe and can make patient restless.
  • In some cases side effects like blurred vision or other vision changes such as sensitivity to light, severe eye pain, tearing can also occur.
  • One of the serious side effects of Boniva is severe and occasionally incapacitating bone pain.
  • It can also cause heavy jaw feeling, loosening of a tooth, pain, swelling, or numbness in the mouth or jaw.
  • It can also cause groin or thigh pain. These pains may be due to a rare type of broken bone, which is associated with use of Boniva.
  • Allergic reactions such as hives, itching, hoarseness, numbness, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue, runny nose, skin rash, swollen glands in neck, tingling, trouble swallowing, tiredness or weakness, and voice changes.
  • Severe irritation of the esophagus can also occur due to use of Boniva.

You should immediately seek medical help if any of the above serious side effects occur. You should not use Boniva in following conditions.

If you have disorders of the esophagus, difficult or painful swallowing, stomach or intestinal disorders such as ulcers, then do not use Boniva and consult your doctor.

If you suffer from any kidney problems, consult your doctor before using Boniva.

Medical conditions like gum disease or infection, cancer, anemia could increase the risk of developing osteonecrosis of jaw. If you develop jaw pain after using Boniva, then consult your doctor and dentist immediately.

Stop using Boniva if you develop chest pain, or if you have difficulty or pain when swallowing as well as  pain or burning sensation under the ribs or in the back, severe joint, bone, or muscle pain or jaw pain, or if you have onset of or worsening heartburn, numbness, or swelling. Seek medical help immediately in such a case.