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Generic Idrofos (tm)  150mg (12 Pills)

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Generic Name : Ibandronate
Products Pills : 12 Pills
Therapy : Women's Health

Generic Idrofos (tm) 150mg (12 Pills)

Brand : Idrofos
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Generic Idrofos™®: Ibandronic Acid

Ibandronic Acid is the chemical name of the active ingredient in Idrofos™®

 

Tablet Chemical Name: Ibandronic Acid.

Other name brands for this medication
Boniva

Possible Uses of Idrofos: Ibandronic acid is used to strengthen bones in women who have gone through the menopause and have weak bones (osteoporosis) and in people with breast cancer which has spread to the bones. It is a bisphosphonate. It is used to inhibit the loss of calcium from the bones and increase bone mass. Ibandronic acid is used to treat women with osteoporosis after the menopause. Osteoporosis is a thinning and weakening of the bones, which is common in post-menopausal women. Women with this condition are more likely to get a fracture from any falls. Ibandronic acid is also used to increase bone mass in people with breast cancer which has spread to the bones. It can also reduce bloodcalcium in people with excessive levels due to certain tumours. In general this drug is used to increase bone mass leading to stronger bones and reducing the risk of fractures in osteoporosis after the menopause and in breast cancer which has spread to the bones. Benefits of being on this drug can include increased bone mass and a reduced risk of getting a bone fracture (of the spine).

Before using Idrofos: Before taking ibandronic acid, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other bisphosphonates; or if you have any other allergies.

How to take Idrofos: Take this medication by mouth usually once a month, without food. The tablets should be taken after an overnight fast (at least 6 hours) and 1 hour before you eat any food, take any other medications or have a drink other than water. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water while sitting or standing. Avoid chewing or sucking the tablet and also avoid lying down for an hour after taking this medication. Prefilled syringe (IV injection) for osteoporosis This medication will be given to you by a doctor or nurse as an injection into a vein, usually every 3 months. Calcium and vitamin Dsupplements may also be given as treatment for osteoporosis. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each month - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.

Tablets for bone cancer

Take this medication by mouth usually once daily, without food. The tablets should be taken after an overnight fast (at least 6 hours) and 30 minutes before you eat any food, take any other medications or have a drink other than water. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water while sitting or standing. Avoid chewing or sucking the tablet and also avoid lying down for an hour after taking this medication. Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor. IV infusion for bone cancer and high blood calcium due to a tumour The concentrate for solution for infusion will be given to you by a doctor or nurse as an infusion into a vein. This medication is usually given every 3 to 4 weeks to treat people with bone cancer and usually once or twice to treat high calcium levels due to a tumour. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it (except for treatment of high blood calcium due to a tumour). It may take some time before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

Precautions When Using Idrofos: This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of:

Hypersensitivity (allergy) to ibandronic acid or to any of the ingredients in the medication Low blood calcium (hypocalcaemia)

Severe kidney problems

Problems of the oesophagus (food pipe), such as narrowing or difficulty swallowing

Delayed transit or emptying of the oesophagus or intestine the due to narrowing or other conditions

If you are unable to stay in the upright position for at least 60 minutes after taking the tablet

Rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption (tablets only)

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following

Any intestinal problems such as stomach or intestinal ulcers, problems swallowing, heartburn and acid reflux

Cancer

Any jaw or dental health problems

Parathyroid gland problems, as the gland produces hormones which are important in calcium metabolism

Vitamin D deficiency

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

Alcohol intake is not known to affect ibandronic acid, but must not be taken in the 6 hours before or 30 minutes to one hour after taking the dose.

The elderly. Ibandronic acid can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

Ibandronic acid is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

Ibandronic acid is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Side Effects of Idrofos: Ibandronic acid tablets for osteoporosis:

    Diarrhoea

    Indigestion

    Feeling sick (nausea)

    Stomach ache

    Inflammation of the oesophagus (oesophagitis)

    Headache

    Rash

    Heartburn due to acid reflux

    Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)

    Flu-like symptoms

    Muscle pain and muscle cramps

    Stiff and painful joints

    Tiredness

    Dizziness

    Vomiting

    Feeling bloated (flatulence)

    Back pain

    Intestinal ulcer

    Difficulty swallowing

    Inflammation of the duodenum (duodenitis)

    Allergic reaction including itching, hives, swelling of the skin and swelling of the face, lips and mouth

    Bone condition with damage to the jaw (osteonecrosis)

 

Ibandronic acid injection for osteoporosis:

    Diarrhoea

    Indigestion

    Feeling sick (nausea)

    Stomach ache

    Constipation

    Headache

    Rash

    Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)

    Flu-like symptoms

    Muscle pain

    Joint pain

    Back pain

    Tiredness

    Injection site bruising and reactions

    Allergic reaction including itching, hives, swelling of the skin and swelling of the face, lips and mouth

    Bone condition with damage to the jaw (osteonecrosis)

 

Ibandronic acid tablets for bone cancer:

    Indigestion

    Feeling sick (nausea)

    Stomach ache

    Inflammation of the oesophagus (oesophagitis)

    Weakness

    Low calcium levels in the blood

    Changes in taste

    Tingling feeling (pins and needles)

    Dry mouth

    Intestinal bleeding

    Intestinal ulcer

    Difficulty swallowing

    Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)

    Chest pain

    Itching

    Flu-like symptoms

    Pain

    Feeling unwell

    Abnormal blood test: low haemoglobin, high levels of urea and high levels of parathyroid hormone

    Bone condition with damage to the jaw (osteonecrosis)

Similar side effects are seen with ibandronic acid infusion for bone cancer, but fever, bone pain and sudden chills are also common side effects. Some of the intestinal side affects such as difficulty swallowing, inflammation of the oesophagus (oesophagitis) and inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) are seen rarely with the infusion.

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

    Severe pains in the chest or after swallowing, severe nausea, or vomiting

    Signs of a serious allergic reaction (see below)

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Drug Interactions of Idrofos: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

None known

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

Antibiotics known as aminoglycosides such as neomycin and streptomycin given by injection to treat certain bacterial infections

Aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, indometacin and naproxen (used to treat pain and inflammation)

Calcium supplements

Antacids used to treat indigestion

Ferrous sulphate (iron) used to treat anaemia

Any other medications containing aluminium, calcium, iron or magnesium

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using ibandronic acid, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

 

Missed dose of Idrofos: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember (the next morning after the day you remember), then continue taking one tablet a month on the usual scheduled day. If it is near the time of the next dose (within 7 days), skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up and do not take 2 tablets in the same week.

Overdose of Idrofos: Taking too much ibandronic acid, may cause the following: intestinal problems (such as an upset stomach, indigestion, inflammation or an ulcer) or low blood calcium leading to muscle cramps and tingling feeling (pins and needles).

Storage of Idrofos: Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Other Information of Idrofos: DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.

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