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Ibandronate is a part of the family of drugs known as bisphosphonates which serves to alter the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body. It in fact slows bone loss while increasing bone mass which may prevent bone fractures. It is used to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause. It may also be used for other purposes.
It is important that you stay upright at least 60 minutes and do not eat or drink for that time.
Do not consume alcohol while taking Boniva not even moderate drinking as the side effects will be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Before starting the drug advise your physician if you have a vitamin D deficiency, kidney disease, an ulcer in your stomach or esophagus or trouble swallowing.
Less serious side effects are back pain, headache, redness or swelling of the eyes, diarrhea, flu symptoms, nausea or upset stomach or pain in your arms or legs. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are chest pain, difficulty or pain when swallowing, pain or burning under the ribs or in the back, new or worsening heartburn, severe joint, bone, or muscle pain, jaw pain, numbness or swelling. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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