Boniva, otherwise known as Ibandronate Sodium, is a prescription drug that is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Boniva can be given as an oral medication or as a subcutaneous injection.
In osteoporosis, osteoclasts are breaking down bones faster than osteoblasts can rebuild them, and too much calcium is being leached from the bones for resorption into the bloodstream. This leads to weaker bones and an increase is risk of fractures.
Boniva is part of a drug class known as calcium metabolism modifiers, or bisphosphonates. which work by preventing osteoclasts from breaking down bone. Boniva has been shown to help increase bone mass and ultimately reduce the risk of fractures. Patients may need to also take a calcium and vitamin D supplement.
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