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Ibandronic acid

Last updated on 25/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Ibandronic acid

ALTERNATIVE NAME: Ibandronate

CHINESE NAME: 伊班膦酸

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Bondronat, Bonviva 邦維亞

DRUG CLASS: Antiresorptive agents

SUB CLASS: Bisphosphonates

USED FOR: Osteoporosis

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
50 mg, 150 mg (tablets)
– 2 mg/2ml, 3 mg/3ml, 6 mg/6ml (injections)

What is Ibandronic acid for?

Ibandronic acid belongs to a class of medications called bisphosphonate antiresorptive agents to slow down the rate of bone resorption, meaning the bone mineral density indirectly increases. Ibandronic acid is used for osteoporosis.

How to use it?

Ibandronic acid is taken as oral tablets or injected through the veins. It is administered in the morning at least 1 hour before the first food or drink, unless it is water, while sitting upright for at least 1 hour. Do not chew, crush, or divide the tablet and swallow as a whole.

Prophylaxis of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Adult and elderly
Oral tablets: 150 mg once monthly on the same date of the month or 2.5 mg once daily.

Postmenopausal osteoporosis
Adult and elderly
Intravenous injection: 3 mg over 15-30 seconds once every 3 months.
Oral tablets: 150 mg once monthly on the same date of the month or 2.5 mg once daily.

What are the side effects of Ibandronic acid?
Common side effects of Ibandronic acid include dyspepsia, back pain, upper respiratory tract infection, hypertension, influenza and headache.

What are the side effects of Ibandronic acid?

Common side effects of Ibandronic acid include dyspepsia, back pain, upper respiratory tract infection, hypertension, influenza and headache.

Who should not take Ibandronic acid?

– People allergic to Ibandronic acid or any component of the formulation.
– Patients with hypocalcemia.
– Patients with abnormalities of the oesophagus which delay oesophageal emptying.
– Patients who are unable to stand or sit upright for at least 1 hour.

Pharmacist Tips:

– 2 monthly tablets must not be taken in the same week.
– Must be taken in the morning at least 1 hour before the first food or beverage unless it is water.
– Must be taken while standing or sitting upright, for at least 1 hour.
– Prevent falling and use devices that stabilize yourself in your home.
– Ensure an adequate uptake of calcium and vitamin D.
– Ensure adequate exercise.

Common dosing schedule:
The oral tablet is taken once monthly or daily in the morning at least 1 hour before the first food or beverage unless it is water while sitting upright.

Ibandronic acid injections are prescribed in institutions by the physicians.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs. 

Some common medications Ibandronic acid may interact with:
– Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory agents, e.g. Ibuprofen, Ketorolac, Aspirin
– Proton pump inhibitors, e.g. Omeprazole, Esomeprazole, Pantoprazole
– Aminoglycosides, e.g. Gentamicin, Amikacin, Neomycin
– Polyvalent cation containing products, e.g. Calcium, Iron, Magnesium
– Angiogenesis inhibitors, e.g. Bevacizumab, Everolimus, Lenalidomide

Ibandronic acid may interact with many other medications. Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Ibandronic acid in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Ibandronic acid is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Ibandronic acid in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.