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Common Boniva Side Effects


The most commonly reported Boniva side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Arthralgia (675)
Pain In Extremity (426)
Bone Pain (425)
Back Pain (419)
Myalgia (403)
Diarrhoea (389)
Nausea (345)
Chest Pain (340)
Pain (324)
Fall (323)
Headache (294)
Femur Fracture (280)
Influenza Like Illness (273)
Dizziness (241)
Abdominal Pain Upper (226)
Dyspnoea (225)
Dyspepsia (208)
Fatigue (206)
Pain In Jaw (190)
Asthenia (189)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Boniva Side Effects Reported to FDA



Boniva Side Effect Report#9924265
This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: osteopenia,parkinson^s disease, who was treated with Boniva (dosage: NA, start time:
Jun 11, 2012), combined with:
  • Pramipexole
  • Azilect
  • Sinemet-plus (1.5 X 25 Mg-100 Mg)
  • Reclast (5 Mg/100 Ml)
  • Restoril (united States)
  • Decadron
  • Temodar
  • Zofran
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Boniva treatment in female patients, resulting in Death side effect.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9922048
Stress Fracture
This report suggests a potential Boniva Stress Fracture side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 58-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis and used Boniva (dosage: NA) starting 2005. After starting Boniva the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Stress FractureAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Doxepin
  • Zetia
  • Calcium
  • Magensium
  • D3
  • Flaxseed Oil
Although Boniva demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Stress Fracture, may still occur.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9921249
Influenza, Nausea, Vomiting, Pain
This Influenza problem was reported by a physician from US. A 56-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis. On
Jan 16, 2014 this consumer started treatment with Boniva (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Nexium
  • Nexium
  • Premarine Vaginal Cream
When using Boniva, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Influenza, Nausea, Vomiting, PainThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Influenza, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9908672
Oesophagitis, Upper Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage, Haemorrhagic Anaemia
This Oesophagitis side effect was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 84-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis.The patient was prescribed Boniva (drug dosage: Chronic), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Oxybutynin
  • Cymbalta
  • Coreg
  • Remeron
  • Lipitor
  • Levothyroxine
  • Glipizide
  • Lisinopril
.After starting to take Boniva the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Oesophagitis, Upper Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage, Haemorrhagic AnaemiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Boniva. The patient was hospitalized.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9900436
Low Turnover Osteopathy, Femur Fracture, Emotional Distress
This is a report of a 74-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis, who was treated with Boniva (dosage: NA, start time: 2002), combined with:
  • Fosamax
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Low Turnover Osteopathy, Femur Fracture, Emotional Distress after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Boniva treatment in female patients, resulting in Low Turnover Osteopathy side effect.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9879937
Muscle Tightness, Local Swelling, Erythema, Soft Tissue Mass, Injection Site Extravasation
This report suggests a potential Boniva Muscle Tightness side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 66-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis,gastrooesophageal reflux disease and used Boniva (dosage: NA) starting
Dec 09, 2013. After starting Boniva the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Muscle Tightness, Local Swelling, Erythema, Soft Tissue Mass, Injection Site ExtravasationAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Prilosec
  • Vitamin D3
The patient was hospitalized. Although Boniva demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Muscle Tightness, may still occur.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9870440
Influenza Like Illness, Myalgia, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Feeling Of Body Temperature Change, Fatigue, Pain
This Influenza Like Illness problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis. On
Jan 31, 2014 this consumer started treatment with Boniva 150 Mg (dosage: 1 Pill One Per Month Taken By Mouth). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Boniva 150 Mg, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Influenza Like Illness, Myalgia, Nausea, Decreased Appetite, Feeling Of Body Temperature Change, Fatigue, PainAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Influenza Like Illness, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9837252
Hip Fracture, Fall
This Hip Fracture side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from CR. A 84-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis.The patient was prescribed Boniva (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Aug 01, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Boniva the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Hip Fracture, FallThese side effects may potentially be related to Boniva. The patient was hospitalized.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9805220
Constipation, Myocardial Infarction, Cerebrovascular Accident, Bone Pain, Arthralgia, Myalgia, Back Pain, Pain, Muscle Spasms
This is a report of a 87-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: arthralgia, who was treated with Boniva (dosage: Pill; Started 5-6 Years Ago, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Aspirin
  • Tylenol
  • Meclizine
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Constipation, Myocardial Infarction, Cerebrovascular Accident, Bone Pain, Arthralgia, Myalgia, Back Pain, Pain, Muscle Spasms after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Boniva treatment in female patients, resulting in Constipation side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9800414
Gastroenteritis, Urinary Tract Infection, Diarrhoea, Psychotic Disorder, Prothrombin Time Prolonged, Electrolyte Imbalance
This report suggests a potential Boniva Gastroenteritis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: senile osteoporosis and used Boniva (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Boniva the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Gastroenteritis, Urinary Tract Infection, Diarrhoea, Psychotic Disorder, Prothrombin Time Prolonged, Electrolyte ImbalanceAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Synthroid (100 Mcg)
  • Lisinopril
  • Lisinopril
  • Toprol Xl
  • Coumadin (As Adjusted By Cardiologist)
  • Temazepam (Q H S)
  • Xanax
  • Digoxin
The patient was hospitalized. Although Boniva demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Gastroenteritis, may still occur.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9797588
Cellulitis, Oesophageal Ulcer, Hypoaesthesia, Malaise, Weight Decreased, Local Swelling, Myalgia, Amnesia, Fatigue
This Cellulitis problem was reported by a physician from US. A 89-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: senile osteoporosis,type 2 diabetes mellitus. On 201110 this consumer started treatment with Boniva (dosage: 3mg/ml). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Januvia (50mg Daily)
When using Boniva, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Cellulitis, Oesophageal Ulcer, Hypoaesthesia, Malaise, Weight Decreased, Local Swelling, Myalgia, Amnesia, FatigueThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Cellulitis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9795296
Hepatomegaly, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Abdominal Pain, Haemorrhoids, Ovarian Cancer, Depression, Constipation
This Hepatomegaly side effect was reported by a physician from US. A 58-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis.The patient was prescribed Boniva (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Boniva the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Hepatomegaly, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Abdominal Pain, Haemorrhoids, Ovarian Cancer, Depression, ConstipationThese side effects may potentially be related to Boniva.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9791670
This is a report of a 73-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: thoracic vertebral fracture, who was treated with Boniva (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Boniva treatment in male patients, resulting in Death side effect.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9781782
This report suggests a potential Boniva Death side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 93-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: senile osteoporosis and used Boniva (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Boniva the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:Additional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Boniva demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Death, may still occur.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9735363
Arthralgia, Feeling Hot, Back Disorder
This Arthralgia problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 61-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis. On
Aug 05, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Boniva (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Boniva, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Arthralgia, Feeling Hot, Back DisorderAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Arthralgia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9713411
Chest Pain, Chest Discomfort, Musculoskeletal Pain, Myalgia
This Chest Pain side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 58-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: osteopenia.The patient was prescribed Boniva (drug dosage: 150 Mg/ 1 Dose Once Monthly Oral), which was initiated on
Nov 21, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Boniva the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Chest Pain, Chest Discomfort, Musculoskeletal Pain, MyalgiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Boniva. The patient was hospitalized.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9701533
Pain In Extremity, Insomnia
This is a report of a 57-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis, who was treated with Boniva (dosage: NA, start time:
Jun 11, 2009), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Pain In Extremity, Insomnia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Boniva treatment in male patients, resulting in Pain In Extremity side effect.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9697537
Femur Fracture
This report suggests a potential Boniva Femur Fracture side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 55-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis and used Boniva (dosage: NA) starting
Jan 16, 2008. After starting Boniva the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Femur FractureAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Fosamax
  • Hctz
  • Valium
  • Oxycodone
  • Flonase
The patient was hospitalized. Although Boniva demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Femur Fracture, may still occur.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9685247
Lower Limb Fracture, Pain In Extremity, Pain, Gait Disturbance
This Lower Limb Fracture problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis. On 2008 this consumer started treatment with Boniva (dosage: Every Three Months Injection). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Fosamax
  • Actonel
  • Bonivia
When using Boniva, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Lower Limb Fracture, Pain In Extremity, Pain, Gait DisturbanceAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Lower Limb Fracture, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9681353
Stress Fracture, Femur Fracture
This Stress Fracture side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 71-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis,prophylaxis.The patient was prescribed Boniva 150mg Genentech (drug dosage: 1 150mg Pill Monthly Taken By Mouth), which was initiated on
Sep 01, 2006. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Boniva 150mg Genentech the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Stress Fracture, Femur FractureThese side effects may potentially be related to Boniva 150mg Genentech. The patient was hospitalized and became disabled.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9663673
Movement Disorder, Chest Discomfort, Back Pain, Arthralgia, Arthralgia, Pain In Extremity, Abdominal Pain Upper, Micturition Urgency
This is a report of a 52-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Boniva (dosage: 1 Pill Taken By Mouth, start time:
Sep 28, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Movement Disorder, Chest Discomfort, Back Pain, Arthralgia, Arthralgia, Pain In Extremity, Abdominal Pain Upper, Micturition Urgency after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Boniva treatment in female patients, resulting in Movement Disorder side effect.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9656231
Ankle Fracture, Femur Fracture
This report suggests a potential Boniva Ankle Fracture side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 67-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteopenia and used Boniva (dosage: NA) starting
Jun 20, 2009. After starting Boniva the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Ankle Fracture, Femur FractureAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Boniva demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Ankle Fracture, may still occur.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9639917
Pain In Extremity, Local Swelling, Foot Fracture, Atypical Fracture, Fracture Nonunion, Bone Disorder
This Pain In Extremity problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: osteopenia. On 1998 this consumer started treatment with Boniva (dosage: Iv Every 3 Months). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Fosamax
  • Diovan
  • Effexor
  • Temazepam
  • Forteo
  • Probiotics
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
When using Boniva, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Pain In Extremity, Local Swelling, Foot Fracture, Atypical Fracture, Fracture Nonunion, Bone DisorderAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Pain In Extremity, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9601761
Femur Fracture, Pathological Fracture
This Femur Fracture side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 65-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: prophylaxis.The patient was prescribed Boniva (drug dosage: 1 Pill), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Boniva the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Femur Fracture, Pathological FractureThese side effects may potentially be related to Boniva.
Boniva Side Effect Report#9587570
Fracture Delayed Union
This is a report of a 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: osteoporosis, who was treated with Boniva (dosage: NA, start time: 200503), combined with:
  • Aclasta
  • Prolia
  • Fosamax
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcimagon
  • Clexane
  • Nexium
  • Supradyn
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Fracture Delayed Union after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Boniva treatment in female patients, resulting in Fracture Delayed Union side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


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What are common Boniva Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Arthralgia 654
Bone Pain 411
Pain In Extremity 411
Back Pain 401
Myalgia 388
Diarrhoea 373
Nausea 328
Chest Pain 327
Pain 315
Fall 308

What are common Boniva Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Arthralgia 20
Chills 20
Back Pain 18
Diarrhoea 15
Dizziness 15
Myalgia 15
Nausea 15
Fall 14
Pain In Extremity 14
Bone Pain 13

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    Boniva Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0004-0186
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameBoniva
    Nameibandronate sodium
    Dosage FormTABLET, FILM COATED
    RouteORAL
    On market since20020715
    LabelerGenentech, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)IBANDRONATE SODIUM
    Strength(s)150
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma ClassBisphosphonate [EPC],Diphosphonates [Chemical/Ingredient]

    Boniva Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 5605

    Boniva safety alerts: 2008 2007

    Reported deaths: 340

    Reported hospitalizations: 1761

    Bisphosphonates (marketed as Actonel, Actonel+Ca, Aredia, Boniva, Didronel, Fosamax, Fosamax+D, Reclast, Skelid, and Zometa)

    Audience: Pharmacists, other healthcare professionals

    [Posted 01/07/2008] FDA informed healthcare professionals and patients of the possibility of severe and sometimes incapacitating bone, joint, and/or muscle (musculoskeletal) pain in patients taking bisphosphonates. Although severe musculoskeletal pain is included in the prescribing information for all bisphosphonates, the association between bisphosphonates and severe musculoskeletal pain may be overlooked by healthcare professionals, delaying diagnosis, prolonging pain and/or impairment, and necessitating the use of analgesics. The severe musculoskeletal pain may occur within days, months, or years after starting a bisphosphonates. Some patients have reported complete relief of symptoms after discontinuing the bisphosphonate, whereas others have reported slow or incomplete resolution. The risk factors for and incidence of severe musculoskeletal pain associated with bisphosphonates are unknown.

    Healthcare professionals should consider whether bisphosphonate use might be responsible for severe musculoskeletal pain in patients who present with these symptoms and consider temporary or permanent discontinuation of the drug.

    [January 07, 2008 - Drug Information page - FDA]

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