I thought I would post the side effects from Boniva, as when I took Boniva and Called the Drug Co. they said they get such a small Percentage of people calling about side effects, and the percentage is SO low! Huh..
Take a look at the Common Side Effects.
Then at the Serious.
What they say is the Commen side effects, I feel are still dangerous!
I took one monthly Boniva and was sick for two weeks. I still get strange pain in my joints, I never had before.
I hope I never have to take anything like this again.
Common Side Effects of Boniva
Boniva has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
*In these studies, the most common side effects of Boniva included:
Back pain -- in up to 13.5 percent of people
Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 11.9 percent
Bronchitis -- up to 10 percent
Arm or leg pain -- up to 7.8 percent
Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- up to 7.8 percent
Diarrhea -- up to 6.8 percent
Headache -- up to 6.5 percent.
I think those numbers are quite high!
*Other common Boniva side effects (occurring in 2 to 6 percent of people) included:
A spinning sensation (vertigo)
Bladder infection (urinary tract infection or UTI)
Insomnia (see Boniva and Insomnia).
*Serious Boniva Side Effects
Some side effects with Boniva, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
Throat pain, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing (which may be signs of ulcers of the esophagus)
Severe heartburn or heartburn that does not go away
Severe bone, muscle, or joint pain
Jaw or tooth problems
Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
Final Thoughts on Boniva Side Effects
You may experience some or none of the Boniva side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of Boniva, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
I also will post a L.A. Times review on Fosamax!
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD; Arthur Schoenstadt, MD