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Ibandronate

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Bisphosphonate Derivatives Bondronat® Cancer-related, Adult

Ibandronate - What is it for

Ibandronate is a medication given to reduce bone breakdown, thus preventing the bone from becoming too weak or brittle. It is used to treat or prevent osteoporosis, and in conditions where the cancer has spread to the bone.

Ibandronate - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ibandronate cause?

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild stomach discomfort e.g. stomach fullness or bloatedness, indigestion
    Usually self-limiting
  • Headache, muscle or joint aches

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Allergic reactions e.g. rash, itch, swelling of eyelids and face, difficulty breathing
  • Severe heartburn and/or abdominal pain
  • An increase in bone, muscle or joint pain
  • Persistent wounds/ulceration or pain in the mouth

Before taking Ibandronate, what precautions must I follow?

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Inform your dentist that you are taking Ibandronate.
  • Inform your doctor if you have difficulty swallowing or have any history of gastrointestinal problems.
  • For women: Inform your doctor of any intention to get pregnant or breast-feed.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ibandronate?

Ibandronate - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ibandronate be used?

  • It is a tablet, to be swallowed whole after an overnight fast with a full glass of plain water.
    • Do not chew or suck the tablet.
    • Avoid mineral water.
  • For at least 1 hour after taking Ibandronate:
    • Remain fully upright sitting or standing. Do not lie down.
    • Do not take any food or drink (except plain water), medication or supplements e.g. antacids, calcium, iron. 
  • Follow your doctor's instruction on how often and how much (exact number of tablets) to take:
    • 150mg dose is taken once monthly.
    • 50mg dose is taken once daily.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Once-monthly dosing (150mg):

If you miss a dose, take it the next morning after you remember and continue your next dose on your original scheduled date.

However, if there are less than 7 days to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose. Wait until the scheduled date to take your dose. Do not take two doses within 7 days.

Daily dosing (50mg):

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing time the next day. Do not double dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

If you overdose on this medication, inform your doctor immediately.

Ibandronate - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Ibandronate safely?

How should I store Ibandronate?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Ibandronate safely?

Ibandronate - Additional Information

  • Updated on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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