Q&A: Boniva

Q: What are some things that I need to know if I take Boniva?

A: Boniva is one of the newest drugs in a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. It is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis, or the loss of bone density, in women who no longer experience a menstrual cycle. Boniva works by changing how bones are formed and broken down in the body. It has the ability to slow bone loss and increase bone mass at the same time, which may help prevent bones from breaking.

Boniva should be taken first thing in the morning with a full glass of plain water at least an hour before you drink or eat anything else, including other medications. Because Boniva can cause acid reflux in your throat and esophagus, you should remain upright, whether sitting or standing, for that hour.  

Some patients may experience side effects when taking Boniva. If you experience any pain in your bones, muscles, joints, burning in your throat, or any other symptoms that do not seem normal, you should call your physician or pharmacist immediately for further guidance.