Also Known as Bonviva
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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
BONIVA is an oral prescription medicine used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. It works by increasing bone mineral density (BMD) and reduces the incidence of vertebral fractures. BONIVA slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.
To maximize absorption and benefit, BONIVA should be taken at least 60 minutes before the first food or drink (other than water) of the day or before taking any oral medication or supplementation, including calcium, antacids, or vitamins. BONIVA tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of plain water (6 to 8 oz) while the patient is standing or sitting in an upright position. Patients should not lie down for 60 minutes after taking the medication. Patients should not eat, drink anything except water, or take other medications for at least 60 minutes after taking BONIVA.
Before you start BONIVA, be sure to talk to your doctor if you:
The side effects of this medicine you might experience with this medicine include