Ibandronic acid – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Ibandronic acid is used to strengthen thin and weak bones in people who have or are at risk of osteoporosis. It helps to stop bone loss and also helps to increase bone mass.


How do I take this medicine?

Take Ibandronic acid exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take this medicine first thing in the morning, upon arising for the day. Take it with a full glass of plain water on an empty stomach, at least 60 minutes before the first drink or food of the day. Do not take Ibandronic acid with any milk or any other drink or food besides plain water. Swallow it whole. Do not suck, chew or crush it.

Take it in a sitting or standing position. Do not take it at bedtime or while lying down and do not lie down for at least 1 hour after swallowing it. Do not eat or drink anything except plain water during this 1 hour.

There are 2 types of Ibandronic acid available – one type is to be taken everyday, while the other type is to be taken only once a month.

If you are taking the Once Daily tablet, take it at about the same time everyday.

If you are taking the Once-a-Month tablet, take it on the same date each month.

Your doctor will advise you about which type you will take. Make sure you understand how often you need to take Ibandronic acid. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

It is important to follow these instructions carefully. Ibandronic acid may cause severe irritation to the gullet (food pipe) and stomach if not taken exactly as instructed. Taking Ibandronic acid in the manner described here will help to minimise any gastric irritation that it may cause. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Ibandronic acid must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Ibandronic acid even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.


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