Ibandronic Acid

Ibandronic acid belongs to the bisphosphonate group of medicines that counteract bone loss and increase bone mass. You can order Ibandronic acid online at the pharmacies that work with Dokteronline. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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What is Ibandronic Acid?

Ibandronic acid belongs to the bisphosphonate group of medicines that counteract bone loss and increase bone mass. You can order Ibandronic acid online at the pharmacies that work with Dokteronline.com.

How is it used?

Doctors prescribe Ibandronic acid for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis, also known as bone depletion. In this condition, more bone tissue is lost than created. As a result, the bones become brittle and can break more easily. The vertebrae also become weaker and may collapse. This can be accompanied by back pain, a curved spine and muscle, organ or nerve pain.
Osteoporosis occurs more often in the elderly. Women especially during or after the menopause are susceptible to a loss of bone density. This is because of the hormone changes: the decrease of the oestrogen leads to more bone tissue being broken down.
Other factors that can play a role in the development of osteoporosis are:

  • Lack of sunlight (if you rarely go outside);
  • A poor diet (not enough calcium-rich foods);
  • Not enough exercise;
  • Certain physical conditions or the use of certain medicines.

Ibandronic acid binds to the calcium in the bone. This makes the bone tissue less easily broken. As the bones become more solid, the risk of bone fractures or vertebral collapse decreases.

How do you take Ibandronic acid?

Take the tablet as a whole on an empty stomach. After swallowing, do not eat or drink anything (except tap water) for one hour. Ibandronic acid is irritating to the oesophagus and can cause oesophagus irritations. Take the tablet either standing up or sitting down, and don't lie down for the first hour. This prevents the tablet from sticking in the oesophagus.

Dosage

You can buy Ibandronic acid online at participating pharmacies. Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose is as follows:

Women during or after the menopause (for postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment): Take 1 tablet to 150 mg once a month on a fixed day.

In case of other indications, a doctor may give a different dose recommendation. Read the instructions before use.

Side effects
Ibandronic acid can sometimes cause side effects. You may experience symptoms, such as:

  • Headache;
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (burning stomach acid, stomach or abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, difficulty swallowing);
  • Stiff joints and/or limbs;
  • Muscle cramps;
  • Flu-like complaints.

If you experience these or any other side effects, talk to a doctor or pharmacist. In the leaflet, you will find a complete overview of all possible side effects.

When should you not use this medicine?

Ibandronic acid is not a suitable medicine for everyone. Do not use this medicine if you are:

  • Allergic to ibandronic acid or to any of the ingredients in the tablet;
  • Experience sore throat problems or if you cannot swallow properly;
  • Are unable to sit for at least 1 hour or stand up after taking the tablet;
  • Have a low calcium content in the blood.

If you have problems with your jaw or teeth or are taking medication for other health problems, consult with a doctor to find out if you can safely use Ibandronic acid. In the accompanying leaflet, you can read more about the contraindications.

Pregnancy/Driving/Alcohol

This medicine is not suitable for women who want to become pregnant, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

There are no warnings regarding driving skills and the use of alcohol.