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Ibandronate Sodium: Oral tablet, monthly

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How This Drug Works
Bisphosphonates
Bisphosphonates help build stronger bones and reverse the effects of bone loss by slowing down the bone re-absorption process by blocking the target site on bone cells that are selected for reabsorption.
"Bisphosphonates help build stronger bones and reverse the effects of bone loss. <br> <br> The body normally manages the rate bone is formed and broken down through two types of cells. Osteoclasts, break down or reabsorb bone, and osteoblasts, build up new bone. If osteoblasts can not rebuild bone faster than it is broken down, this can result in weak and thinning bones which are more likely to fracture or break. <br> <br> Bisophosphonates help by slowing down the bone re&#45;absorption process by blocking the target site on bone cells that are selected for reabsorption. When osteoclasts attempt to stick to the bone cells to reabsorb the bone, bisphosphonates prevent the osteoclast from sticking to the bone surface and creating the &#34;ruffled border,&#34; the seal between the osteoclast and bone, so bone can not be re-absorbed. <br><br> This results in the bone maintaining its strength and density."
Bisphosphonates
Bisphosphonates help build stronger bones and reverse the effects of bone loss by slowing down the bone re-absorption process by blocking the target site on bone cells that are selected for reabsorption.
"Bisphosphonates help build stronger bones and reverse the effects of bone loss. <br> <br> The body normally manages the rate bone is formed and broken down through two types of cells. Osteoclasts, break down or reabsorb bone, and osteoblasts, build up new bone. If osteoblasts can not rebuild bone faster than it is broken down, this can result in weak and thinning bones which are more likely to fracture or break. <br> <br> Bisophosphonates help by slowing down the bone re&#45;absorption process by blocking the target site on bone cells that are selected for reabsorption. When osteoclasts attempt to stick to the bone cells to reabsorb the bone, bisphosphonates prevent the osteoclast from sticking to the bone surface and creating the &#34;ruffled border,&#34; the seal between the osteoclast and bone, so bone can not be re-absorbed. <br><br> This results in the bone maintaining its strength and density."
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IBANDRONATE (i BAN droh nate) slows calcium loss from bones. It is used to treat osteoporosis in women past the age of menopause.

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Ibandronate Sodium: Oral tablet, monthly
Usage by Gender
95.85%
4.15%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
0.0%
0.49%
26.76%
72.75%
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Average Scores
Easy to Take: 5.0 / 5
Works as Intended: 5.0 / 5
Tolerable: 5.0 / 5

Don't diet first day
I have no ill side effects from this pill. I am however starving all day. I'm not a breakfast eater, so waiting to eat isn't initially a problem, but within 3 hours I'm hungry, and am hungry the rest of the day. Back to normal the rest of the month.
Helpful: 1
Unhelpful: 0
NASCAR Fan
June 11, 2016
From: Fayetteville, NC
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, monthly
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Strongly Agree
Tolerable: Strongly Agree


Miserable 1st day
Early afternoon after taking pill bones ache. Lay in bed most of day or nap alot. Less severe on 2nd day, then ok.
Helpful: 21
Unhelpful: 2
CVS Customer
March 23, 2015
From: Saint Paul, MN
Age: 65-74
Gender: Female
Drug Form: Oral tablet, monthly
Easy to Take: Strongly Agree
Works as Intended: Agree
Tolerable: Not Sure