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Ibandronate

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Ibandronate uses


1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Ibandronate is a bisphosphonate indicated for the treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis..

Limitations of Use

The optimal duration of use has not been determined. For patients at low-risk for fracture, consider drug discontinuation after 3 to 5 years of use. (1.2).

1.1 Treatment and Prevention of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

Ibandronate is indicated for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Ibandronate increases bone mineral density (BMD) and reduces the incidence of vertebral fractures.

1.2 Important Limitations of Use

The optimal duration of use has not been determined. The safety and effectiveness of Ibandronate for the treatment of osteoporosis are based on clinical data of three years duration. All patients on bisphosphonate therapy should have the need for continued therapy re-evaluated on a periodic basis. Patients at low-risk for fracture should be considered for drug discontinuation after 3 to 5 years of use. Patients who discontinue therapy should have their risk for fracture re-evaluated periodically.

2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Take one 150 mg tablet once monthly on the same day each month
  • Instruct patient to: (2.2)
    • Swallow whole tablet with 6-8 oz of plain water only, at least 60 minutes before the first food, beverage, or medication of day. Avoid lying down for at least 60 minutes after taking Ibandronate.
    • Do not eat, drink (except for water), or take other medication for 60 minutes after taking Ibandronate.
  • Take supplemental calcium and vitamin D if dietary intake inadequate (2.3)

2.1 Dosage Information

The dose of Ibandronate is one 150 mg tablet taken once monthly on the same date each month.

2.2 Important Administration Instructions

Instruct Patients to do the following:

  • Take Ibandronate at least 60 minutes before the first food or drink of the day or before taking any oral medication or supplementation, including calcium, antacids, or vitamins to maximize absorption and clinical benefit, . Avoid the use of water with supplements including mineral water because they may have a higher concentration of calcium.
  • Swallow Ibandronate tablets whole with a full glass of plain water (6 to 8 oz) while standing or sitting in an upright position to reduce the potential for esophageal irritation. Avoid lying down for 60 minutes after taking Ibandronate . Do not chew or suck the tablet because of a potential for oropharyngeal ulceration.
  • Do not eat, drink anything except plain water, or take other medications for at least 60 minutes after taking Ibandronate.

2.3 Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation

Instruct patients to take supplemental calcium and vitamin D if their dietary intake is inadequate. Avoid the use of calcium supplements within 60 minutes of Ibandronate administration because co-administration of Ibandronate and calcium may interfere with the absorption of Ibandronate .

2.4 Administration Instructions for Missed Once-Monthly Doses

If the once-monthly dose is missed, instruct patients to do the following:

  • If the next scheduled Ibandronate day is more than 7 days away, take one Ibandronate 150 mg tablet in the morning following the date that it is remembered.
  • If the next scheduled Ibandronate day is only 1 to 7 days away, wait until the subsequent month's scheduled Ibandronate day to take their tablet.

For subsequent monthly doses for both of the above scenarios, instruct patients to return to their original schedule by taking one Ibandronate 150 mg tablet every month on their previous chosen day.

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3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

Ibandronate 150 mg tablets: white, oblong, engraved with "BNVA" on one side and "150" on the other side.

Tablets: 150 mg (3)

4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

Ibandronate is contraindicated in patients with the following conditions:

  • Abnormalities of the esophagus which delay esophageal emptying such as stricture or achalasia
  • Inability to stand or sit upright for at least 60 minutes
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Known hypersensitivity to Ibandronate or to any of its excipients. Cases of anaphylaxis have been reported. .
  • Abnormalities of the esophagus which delay esophageal emptying such as stricture or achalasia (4, 5.1)
  • Inability to stand or sit upright for at least 60 minutes (4, 5.1)
  • Hypocalcemia (4)
  • Hypersensitivity to Ibandronate (4)

5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Upper gastrointestinal Adverse Reactions can occur. Instruct patients to follow dosing instructions and discontinue use if new or worsening symptoms occur.
  • Hypocalcemia may worsen during treatment. Correct hypocalcemia before use. (5.2)
  • Severe Bone, Joint, and Muscle Pain may occur. Consider discontinuing use if symptoms develop. (5.3)
  • Osteonecrosis of the Jaw has been reported. (5.4)
  • Atypical Femur Fractures have been reported. Patients with new thigh or groin pain should be evaluated to rule out a femoral fracture. (5.5)

5.1 Upper Gastrointestinal Adverse Reactions

Ibandronate, like other bisphosphonates administered orally, may cause local irritation of the upper gastrointestinal mucosa. Because of these possible irritant effects and a potential for worsening of the underlying disease, caution should be used when Ibandronate is given to patients with active upper gastrointestinal problems (such as known Barrett's esophagus, dysphagia, other esophageal diseases, gastritis, duodenitis or ulcers).

Esophageal adverse experiences, such as esophagitis, esophageal ulcers and esophageal erosions, occasionally with bleeding and rarely followed by esophageal stricture or perforation, have been reported in patients receiving treatment with oral bisphosphonates. In some cases, these have been severe and required hospitalization. Physicians should therefore be alert to any signs or symptoms signaling a possible esophageal reaction and patients should be instructed to discontinue Ibandronate and seek medical attention if they develop dysphagia, odynophagia, retrosternal pain or new or worsening heartburn.

The risk of severe esophageal adverse experiences appears to be greater in patients who lie down after taking oral bisphosphonates and/or who fail to swallow it with the recommended full glass (6-8 oz) of water, and/or who continue to take oral bisphosphonates after developing symptoms suggestive of esophageal irritation. Therefore, it is very important that the full dosing instructions are provided to, and understood by, the patient . In patients who cannot comply with dosing instructions due to mental disability, therapy with Ibandronate should be used under appropriate supervision.

There have been post-marketing reports of gastric and duodenal ulcers with oral bisphosphonate use, some severe and with complications, although no increased risk was observed in controlled clinical trials.

5.2 Hypocalcemia and Mineral Metabolism

Hypocalcemia has been reported in patients taking Ibandronate. Treat hypocalcemia and other disturbances of bone and mineral metabolism before starting Ibandronate therapy. Instruct patients to take supplemental calcium and vitamin D if their dietary intake is inadequate. .

5.3 Musculoskeletal Pain

Severe and occasionally incapacitating bone, joint, and/or muscle pain has been reported in patients taking Ibandronate and other bisphosphonates . The time to onset of symptoms varied from one day to several months after starting the drug. Most patients had relief of symptoms after stopping. A subset had recurrence of symptoms when rechallenged with the same drug or another bisphosphonate. Consider discontinuing use if severe symptoms develop.

5.4 Jaw Osteonecrosis

Osteonecrosis of the jaw, which can occur spontaneously, is generally associated with tooth extraction and/or local infection with delayed healing, and has been reported in patients taking bisphosphonates, including Ibandronate. Known risk factors for osteonecrosis of the jaw include invasive dental procedures (e.g., tooth extraction, dental implants, boney surgery), diagnosis of cancer, concomitant therapies (e.g., chemotherapy, corticosteroids, angiogenesis inhibitors), poor oral hygiene, and co-morbid disorders (e.g., periodontal and/or other pre-existing dental disease, anemia, coagulopathy, infection, ill-fitting dentures). The risk of ONJ may increase with duration of exposure to bisphosphonates.

For patients requiring invasive dental procedures, discontinuation of bisphosphonate treatment may reduce the risk for ONJ. Clinical judgment of the treating physician and/or oral surgeon should guide the management plan of each patient based on individual benefit/risk assessment.

Patients who develop osteonecrosis of the jaw while on bisphosphonate therapy should receive care by an oral surgeon. In these patients, extensive dental surgery to treat ONJ may exacerbate the condition. Discontinuation of bisphosphonate therapy should be considered based on individual benefit/risk assessment.

5.5 Atypical Subtrochanteric and Diaphyseal Femoral Fractures

Atypical, low-energy, or low-trauma fractures of the femoral shaft have been reported in bisphosphonate-treated patients. These fractures can occur anywhere in the femoral shaft from just below the lesser trochanter to above the supracondylar flare and are transverse or short oblique in orientation without evidence of comminution. Causality has not been established as these fractures also occur in osteoporotic patients who have not been treated with bisphosphonates.

Atypical femur fractures most commonly occur with minimal or no trauma to the affected area. They may be bilateral and many patients report prodromal pain in the affected area, usually presenting as dull, aching thigh pain, weeks to months before a complete fracture occurs. A number of reports note that patients were also receiving treatment with glucocorticoids (e.g., prednisone) at the time of fracture.

Any patient with a history of bisphosphonate exposure who presents with thigh or groin pain should be suspected of having an atypical fracture and should be evaluated to rule out an incomplete femur fracture. Patients presenting with an atypical fracture should also be assessed for symptoms and signs of fracture in the contralateral limb. Interruption of bisphosphonate therapy should be considered, pending a risk/benefit assessment, on an individual basis.

5.6 Severe Renal Impairment

Ibandronate is not recommended for use in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min).

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6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common adverse reactions are back pain, dyspepsia, pain in extremity, diarrhea, headache, and myalgia. (6)

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Genentech at 1-888-835-2555 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Treatment and Prevention of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

Daily Dosing

The safety of Ibandronate 2.5 mg once daily in the treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis was assessed in 3577 patients aged 41 – 82 years. The duration of the trials was 2 to 3 years, with 1134 patients exposed to placebo and 1140 exposed to Ibandronate 2.5 mg. Patients with pre-existing gastrointestinal disease and concomitant use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists were included in these clinical trials. All patients received 500 mg calcium plus 400 international units vitamin D supplementation daily.

The incidence of all-cause mortality was 1% in the placebo group and 1.2% in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group. The incidence of serious adverse reactions was 20% in the placebo group and 23% in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group. The percentage of patients who withdrew from treatment due to adverse reactions was approximately 17% in both the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group and the placebo group. Table 1 lists adverse reactions from the treatment and prevention studies reported in greater than or equal to 2% of patients and more frequently in patients treated daily with Ibandronate than patients treated with placebo.

Body System Placebo

%

(n=1134)

Ibandronate 2.5 mg

%

(n=1140)

Body as a Whole
Back Pain 12 14
Pain in Extremity 6 8
Asthenia 2 4
Allergic Reaction 2 3
Digestive System
Dyspepsia 10 12
Diarrhea 5 7
Tooth Disorder 2 4
Vomiting 2 3
Gastritis 2 2
Musculoskeletal System
Myalgia 5 6
Joint Disorder 3 4
Arthritis 3 3
Nervous System
Headache 6 7
Dizziness 3 4
Vertigo 3 3
Respiratory System
Upper Respiratory Infection 33 34
Bronchitis 7 10
Pneumonia 4 6
Pharyngitis 2 3
Urogenital System
Urinary Tract Infection 4 6

Gastrointestinal Adverse Reactions

The incidence of selected gastrointestinal adverse reactions in the placebo and Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily groups were: dyspepsia (10% vs. 12%), diarrhea (5% vs. 7%), and abdominal pain (5% vs. 6%).

Musculoskeletal Adverse Reactions

The incidence of selected musculoskeletal adverse reactions in the placebo and Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily groups were: back pain (12% vs. 14%), arthralgia (14% vs. 14%) and myalgia (5% vs. 6%).

Ocular Adverse Events

Reports in the medical literature indicate that bisphosphonates may be associated with ocular inflammation such as iritis and scleritis. In some cases, these events did not resolve until the bisphosphonate was discontinued. There were no reports of ocular inflammation in studies with Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily.

Monthly Dosing

The safety of Ibandronate 150 mg once monthly in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis was assessed in a two year trial which enrolled 1583 patients aged 54 – 81 years, with 395 patients exposed to Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily and 396 exposed to Ibandronate 150 mg monthly. Patients with active or significant pre-existing gastrointestinal disease were excluded from this trial. Patients with dyspepsia or concomitant use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists were included in this study. All patients received 500 mg calcium plus 400 international units vitamin D supplementation daily.

After one year, the incidence of all-cause mortality was 0.3% in both the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group and the Ibandronate 150 mg monthly group. The incidence of serious adverse events was 5% in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group and 7% in the Ibandronate 150 mg monthly group. The percentage of patients who withdrew from treatment due to adverse events was 9% in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group and 8% in the Ibandronate 150 mg monthly group. Table 2 lists the adverse events reported in greater than or equal to 2% of patients.

Body System/Adverse Event Ibandronate

2.5 mg Daily

%

(n=395)

Ibandronate

150 mg Monthly

%

(n=396)

Vascular Disorders
Hypertension 7.3 6.3
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Dyspepsia 7.1 5.6
Nausea 4.8 5.1
Diarrhea 4.1 5.1
Constipation 2.5 4.0
Abdominal PainCombination of abdominal pain and abdominal pain upper 5.3 7.8
Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders
Arthralgia 3.5 5.6
Back Pain 4.3 4.5
Pain in Extremity 1.3 4.0
Localized Osteoarthritis 1.3 3.0
Myalgia 0.8 2.0
Muscle Cramp 2.0 1.8
Infections and Infestations
Influenza 3.8 4.0
Nasopharyngitis 4.3 3.5
Bronchitis 3.5 2.5
Urinary Tract Infection 1.8 2.3
Upper Respiratory Tract Infection 2.0 2.0
Nervous System Disorders
Headache 4.1 3.3
Dizziness 1.0 2.3
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions
Influenza-like IllnessCombination of influenza-like illness and acute phase reaction 0.8 3.3
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders
RashCombination of rash pruritic, rash macular, rash papular, rash generalized, rash erythematous, dermatitis, dermatitis allergic, dermatitis medicamentosa, erythema and exanthema 1.3 2.3
Psychiatric Disorders
Insomnia 0.8 2.0

Gastrointestinal Adverse Events

The incidence of adverse events in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily and Ibandronate 150 mg monthly groups were: dyspepsia (7% vs. 6%), diarrhea (4% vs. 5%), and abdominal pain (5% vs. 8%).

Musculoskeletal Adverse Events

The incidence of adverse events in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily and Ibandronate 150 mg monthly groups were: back pain (4% vs. 5%), arthralgia (4% vs. 6%) and myalgia (1% vs. 2%).

Acute Phase Reactions

Symptoms consistent with acute phase reactions have been reported with bisphosphonate use. Over the two years of the study, the overall incidence of acute phase reaction symptoms was 3% in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group and 9% in the Ibandronate 150 mg monthly group. These incidence rates are based on the reporting of any of 33 acute-phase reaction like symptoms within 3 days of the monthly dosing and lasting 7 days or less. Influenza like illness was reported in no patients in the Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily group and 2% in the Ibandronate 150 mg monthly group.

Ocular Adverse Events

Two patients who received Ibandronate 150 mg once-monthly experienced ocular inflammation, one was a case of uveitis and the other scleritis.

One hundred sixty (160) postmenopausal women without osteoporosis participated in a 1-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Ibandronate 150 mg once-monthly for prevention of bone loss. Seventy-seven subjects received Ibandronate and 83 subjects received placebo. The overall pattern of adverse events was similar to that previously observed.

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of Ibandronate. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Hypersensitivity

Allergic reactions including anaphylactic reaction/shock with fatalities, angioedema, bronchospasm, asthma exacerbations, rash, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, and dermatitis bullous have been reported (see CONTRAINDICATIONS [4] ).

Hypocalcemia

Hypocalcemia has been reported in patients treated with Ibandronate (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS [5.2]).

Musculoskeletal Pain

Bone, joint, or muscle pain (musculoskeletal pain), described as severe or incapacitating, has been reported (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS [5.3] ).

Jaw Osteonecrosis

Osteonecrosis of the jaw and other oro-facial sites, including the external auditory canal, have been reported in patients treated with Ibandronate (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS [5.4] ).

Atypical Femoral Shaft Fracture

Atypical, low-energy, or low-trauma fractures of the femoral shaft (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS [5.5] ).

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7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

  • Calcium supplements, antacids and some oral medications may interfere with absorption of ibandronate. Do not take within 60 minutes of dosing
  • Use caution when co-prescribing aspirin/nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that may worsen gastrointestinal irritation. (7.2)

7.1 Calcium Supplements/Antacids

Products containing calcium and other multivalent cations (such as aluminum, magnesium, iron) are likely to interfere with absorption of Ibandronate. Therefore, instruct patients to take Ibandronate at least 60 minutes before any oral medications, including medications containing multivalent cations (such as antacids, supplements or vitamins). Also, patients should wait at least 60 minutes after dosing before taking any other oral medications .

7.2 Aspirin/Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Because aspirin, NSAIDs, and bisphosphonates are all associated with gastrointestinal irritation, caution should be exercised in the concomitant use of aspirin or NSAIDs with Ibandronate.

7.3 H2 Blockers

In healthy volunteers, co-administration with ranitidine resulted in a 20% increased bioavailability of ibandronate, which was not considered to be clinically relevant .

7.4 Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions

Bisphosphonates are known to interfere with the use of bone-imaging agents. Specific studies with ibandronate have not been performed.

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8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Ibandronate is not recommended in patients with severe renal impairment. (5.6, 8.6)

8.1 Pregnancy

Risk Summary

Ibandronate is not indicated for use in women of reproductive potential. There are no data with Ibandronate use in pregnant women to inform any drug-associated risks.

In reproductive toxicity studies in the rat, Ibandronate caused post-implantation loss and obstruction of labor with maternal and fetal periparturient mortality at greater than or equal to 3 times human exposure at the recommended 2.5 mg daily oral dose, or at greater than or equal to 1 times human exposure at the recommended 150 mg once-monthly oral dose. In pregnant rats, kidney developmental toxicity occurred in offspring at greater than or equal to 30 times the daily 2.5 mg human dose or at greater than or equal to 9 times the once-monthly 150 mg human dose. In rat reproductive studies, impaired pup neuromuscular development was observed at 45 times the daily 2.5 mg dose and 13 times the once-monthly 150 mg dose. In reproductive studies in the rabbit, Ibandronate caused maternal mortality at greater than or equal to 8 times the daily 2.5 mg dose and greater than or equal to 4 times the once-monthly 150 mg dose (see Data ).

Data

Animal Data

In female rats given ibandronate at oral doses greater than or equal to 3 times human exposure at the recommended daily oral dose of 2.5 mg or greater than or equal to 1 times human exposure at the recommended once-monthly oral dose of 150 mg beginning 14 days before mating and continuing through lactation, maternal deaths were observed at the time of delivery in all dose groups. Perinatal pup loss in dams given doses producing 45 times human exposure at the recommended daily dose and 13 times human exposure at the recommended once-monthly dose was likely related to maternal dystocia. Calcium supplementation did not completely prevent dystocia and periparturient mortality in any of the treated groups at greater than or equal to 16 times the recommended daily dose and greater than or equal to 4.6 times the recommended once-monthly dose. A low incidence of postimplantation loss was observed in rats treated from 14 days before mating throughout lactation or during gestation, only at doses causing maternal dystocia and periparturient mortality. In pregnant rats dosed orally from gestation day 17 through lactation day 21 (following closure of the hard palate through weaning), maternal toxicity, including dystocia and mortality, fetal perinatal and postnatal mortality, were observed at doses equivalent to human exposure at the recommended daily dose and greater than or equal to 4 times the recommended once-monthly dose. Periparturient mortality has also been observed with other bisphosphonates and appears to be a class effect related to inhibition of skeletal calcium mobilization resulting in hypocalcemia and dystocia.

Exposure of pregnant rats during the period of organogenesis resulted in an increased fetal incidence of RPU (renal pelvis ureter) syndrome at oral doses producing 30 times human exposure at the recommended daily oral dose of 2.5 mg and greater than or equal to 9 times human exposure at the recommended once-monthly oral dose of 150 mg. Impaired pup neuromuscular development (cliff avoidance test) was observed at 45 times human exposure at the daily dose and 13 times the once-monthly dose.

In pregnant rabbits treated orally with ibandronate during gestation at doses greater than or equal to 8 times the recommended human daily oral dose of 2.5 mg and greater than or equal to 4 times the recommended human once-monthly oral dose of 150 mg, dose-related maternal mortality was observed in all treatment groups. The deaths occurred prior to parturition and were associated with lung edema and hemorrhage. No significant fetal anomalies were observed.

Exposure multiples for the rat studies were calculated for the recommended daily oral dose of 2.5 mg or once- monthly dose of 150 mg based on area under the curve (AUC) comparison. Exposure multiples for the rabbit study were calculated for the recommended human daily oral dose of 2.5 mg or once-monthly dose of 150 mg based on dose/body surface area comparison. Doses used in pregnant animals were 1, 4, 5, 6, 16, 10, 20, 30, 60 or 100 mg/kg/day in rats, and 1, 4, 20 mg/kg/day in rabbits.

8.2 Lactation

Risk Summary

Ibandronate is not indicated for use in women of reproductive potential. There is no information on the presence of ibandronate in human milk, the effects of ibandronate on the breastfed infant, or the effects of ibandronate on milk production. Ibandronate is present in rat milk . The clinical relevance of these data is unclear..

Data

Animal Data

In lactating rats treated with intravenous doses of 0.08 mg/kg, ibandronate was present in breast milk from 2 to 24 hours after dose administration. Concentrations in milk averaged 1.5 times plasma concentrations.

8.4 Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

8.5 Geriatric Use

Of the patients receiving Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily in postmenopausal osteoporosis studies, 52% were over 65 years of age, and 10% were over 75 years of age. Of the patients receiving Ibandronate 150 mg once-monthly in the postmenopausal osteoporosis 1-year study, 52% were over 65 years of age, and 9% were over 75 years of age. No overall differences in effectiveness or safety were observed between these patients and younger patients but greater sensitivity in some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

8.6 Renal Impairment

Ibandronate is not recommended for use in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance less than 30 mL/min).

10 OVERDOSAGE

No specific information is available on the treatment of overdosage of Ibandronate. However, based on knowledge of this class of compounds, oral overdosage may result in hypocalcemia, hypophosphatemia, and upper gastrointestinal adverse events, such as upset stomach, dyspepsia, esophagitis, gastritis, or ulcer. Milk or antacids should be given to bind Ibandronate. Due to the risk of esophageal irritation, vomiting should not be induced, and the patient should remain fully upright. Dialysis would not be beneficial.

11 DESCRIPTION

Ibandronate (ibandronate sodium) is a nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate that inhibits osteoclast-mediated bone resorption. The chemical name for Ibandronate is 3-(N-methyl-N-pentyl) amino-1-hydroxypropane-1,1-diphosphonic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate with the molecular formula C9H22NO7P2Na-H2O and a molecular weight of 359.24. Ibandronate is a white- to off-white powder. It is freely soluble in water and practically insoluble in organic solvents. Ibandronate has the following structural formula:

Ibandronate is available as a white, oblong, 150 mg film-coated tablet for once-monthly oral administration. One 150 mg film-coated tablet contains 168.75 mg ibandronate monosodium monohydrate, equivalent to 150 mg free acid. Ibandronate also contains the following inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, povidone, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, purified stearic acid, colloidal silicon dioxide, and purified water. The tablet film coating contains hypromellose, titanium dioxide, talc, polyethylene glycol 6000, and purified water.

Chemical Structure

12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

12.1 Mechanism of Action

The action of ibandronate on bone tissue is based on its affinity for hydroxyapatite, which is part of the mineral matrix of bone. Ibandronate inhibits osteoclast activity and reduces bone resorption and turnover. In postmenopausal women, it reduces the elevated rate of bone turnover, leading to, on average, a net gain in bone mass.

12.2 Pharmacodynamics

Osteoporosis is characterized by decreased bone mass and increased fracture risk, most commonly at the spine, hip, and wrist. The diagnosis can be confirmed by a finding of low bone mass, evidence of fracture on x-ray, a history of osteoporotic fracture, or height loss or kyphosis indicative of vertebral fracture. While osteoporosis occurs in both men and women, it is most common among women following menopause. In healthy humans, bone formation and resorption are closely linked; old bone is resorbed and replaced by newly formed bone. In postmenopausal osteoporosis, bone resorption exceeds bone formation, leading to bone loss and increased risk of fracture. After menopause, the risk of fractures of the spine and hip increases; approximately 40% of 50-year-old women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture during their remaining lifetimes.

Ibandronate produced biochemical changes indicative of dose-dependent inhibition of bone resorption, including decreases of biochemical markers of bone collagen degradation in the daily dose range of 0.25 mg to 5 mg and once-monthly doses from 100 mg to 150 mg in postmenopausal women.

Treatment with 2.5 mg daily Ibandronate resulted in decreases in biochemical markers of bone turnover, including urinary C-terminal telopeptide of Type I collagen (uCTX) and serum osteocalcin, to levels similar to those in premenopausal women. Changes in markers of bone formation were observed later than changes in resorption markers, as expected, due to the coupled nature of bone resorption and formation. Treatment with 2.5 mg daily Ibandronate decreased levels of uCTX within 1 month of starting treatment and decreased levels of osteocalcin within 3 months. Bone turnover markers reached a nadir of approximately 64% below baseline values by 6 months of treatment and remained stable with continued treatment for up to 3 years. Following treatment discontinuation, there is a return to pretreatment baseline rates of elevated bone resorption associated with postmenopausal osteoporosis.

In a 1-year, study comparing once-monthly vs. once-daily oral dosing regimens, the median decrease from baseline in serum CTX values was -76% for patients treated with the 150 mg once-monthly regimen and -67% for patients treated with the 2.5 mg daily regimen. In a 1-year, prevention study comparing Ibandronate 150 mg once-monthly to placebo, the median placebo-subtracted decrease in sCTX was -49.8%.

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

Absorption

The absorption of oral ibandronate occurs in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Plasma concentrations increase in a dose-linear manner up to 50 mg oral intake and increases nonlinearly above this dose.

Following oral dosing, the time to maximum observed plasma ibandronate concentrations ranged from 0.5 to 2 hours (median 1 hour) in fasted healthy postmenopausal women. The mean oral bioavailability of 2.5 mg ibandronate was about 0.6% compared to intravenous dosing. The extent of absorption is impaired by food or beverages (other than plain water). The oral bioavailability of ibandronate is reduced by about 90% when Ibandronate is administered concomitantly with a standard breakfast in comparison with bioavailability observed in fasted subjects. There is no meaningful reduction in bioavailability when ibandronate is taken at least 60 minutes before a meal. However, both bioavailability and the effect on bone mineral density (BMD) are reduced when food or beverages are taken less than 60 minutes following an ibandronate dose.

Distribution

After absorption, ibandronate either rapidly binds to bone or is excreted into urine. In humans, the apparent terminal volume of distribution is at least 90 L, and the amount of dose removed from the circulation via the bone is estimated to be 40% to 50% of the circulating dose. In vitro protein binding in human serum was 99.5% to 90.9% over an ibandronate concentration range of 2 to 10 ng/mL in one study and approximately 85.7% over a concentration range of 0.5 to 10 ng/mL in another study.

Metabolism

Ibandronate does not undergo hepatic metabolism and does not inhibit the hepatic cytochrome P450 system. Ibandronate is eliminated by renal excretion. Based on a rat study, the ibandronate secretory pathway does not appear to include known acidic or basic transport systems involved in the excretion of other drugs. There is no evidence that ibandronate is metabolized in humans.

Elimination

The portion of ibandronate that is not removed from the circulation via bone absorption is eliminated unchanged by the kidney (approximately 50% to 60% of the absorbed dose). Unabsorbed ibandronate is eliminated unchanged in the feces.

The plasma elimination of ibandronate is multiphasic. Its renal clearance and distribution into bone accounts for a rapid and early decline in plasma concentrations, reaching 10% of the Cmax within 3 or 8 hours after intravenous or oral administration, respectively. This is followed by a slower clearance phase as ibandronate redistributes back into the blood from bone. The observed apparent terminal half-life for ibandronate is generally dependent on the dose studied and on assay sensitivity. The observed apparent terminal half-life for the 150 mg ibandronate tablet upon oral administration to healthy postmenopausal women ranges from 37 to 157 hours.

Total clearance of ibandronate is low, with average values in the range 84 to 160 mL/min. Renal clearance (about 60 mL/min in healthy postmenopausal females) accounts for 50% to 60% of total clearance and is related to creatinine clearance. The difference between the apparent total and renal clearances likely reflects bone uptake of the drug.

Specific Populations

Pediatrics

The pharmacokinetics of ibandronate has not been studied in patients less than 18 years of age.

Geriatric

Because ibandronate is not known to be metabolized, the only difference in ibandronate elimination for geriatric patients versus younger patients is expected to relate to progressive age-related changes in renal function.

Gender

The bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of ibandronate are similar in both men and women.

Race

Pharmacokinetic differences due to race have not been studied.

Renal Impairment

Renal clearance of ibandronate in patients with various degrees of renal impairment is linearly related to creatinine clearance (CLcr).

Following a single dose of 0.5 mg ibandronate by intravenous administration, patients with CLcr 40 to 70 mL/min had 55% higher exposure (AUC) than the exposure observed in subjects with CLcr greater than 90 mL/min. Patients with CLcr less than 30 mL/min had more than a two-fold increase in exposure compared to the exposure for healthy subjects .

Hepatic Impairment

No studies have been performed to assess the pharmacokinetics of ibandronate in patients with hepatic impairment because ibandronate is not metabolized in the human liver.

Drug Interaction Studies

Products containing calcium and other multivalent cations (such as aluminum, magnesium, iron), including milk, food, and antacids are likely to interfere with absorption of ibandronate, which is consistent with findings in animal studies.

H2 Blockers

A pharmacokinetic interaction study in healthy volunteers demonstrated that 75 mg ranitidine (25 mg injected intravenously 90 and 15 minutes before and 30 minutes after ibandronate administration) increased the oral bioavailability of 10 mg ibandronate by about 20%. This degree of increase is not considered to be clinically relevant.

13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenesis

In a 104-week carcinogenicity study, doses of 3, 7, or 15 mg/kg/day were administered by oral gavage to male and female Wistar rats. There were no significant drug-related tumor findings in male or female rats. In a 78-week carcinogenicity study, doses of 5, 20, or 40 mg/kg/day were administered by oral gavage to male and female NMRI mice (exposures up to 475 and 70 times, respectively, human exposure at the recommended daily oral dose of 2.5 mg and cumulative exposures up to 135 and 20 times, respectively, human exposure at the recommended once-monthly oral dose of 150 mg, based on AUC comparison). There were no significant drug-related tumor findings in male or female mice. In a 90-week carcinogenicity study, doses of 5, 20, or 80 mg/kg/day were administered in the drinking water to NMRI mice (cumulative monthly exposures in males and females up to 70 and 115 times, respectively, human exposure at the recommended dose of 150 mg, based on AUC comparison). A dose-related increased incidence of adrenal subcapsular adenoma/carcinoma was observed in female mice, which was statistically significant at 80 mg/kg/day (220 to 400 times human exposure at the recommended daily oral dose of 2.5 mg and 115 times human exposure at the recommended once-monthly oral dose of 150 mg, based on AUC comparison). The relevance of these findings to humans is unknown.

Mutagenesis

There was no evidence for a mutagenic or clastogenic potential of ibandronate in the following assays: in vitro bacterial mutagenesis assay in Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli (Ames test), mammalian cell mutagenesis assay in Chinese hamster V79 cells, and chromosomal aberration test in human peripheral lymphocytes, each with and without metabolic activation. Ibandronate was not genotoxic in the in vivo mouse micronucleus tests for chromosomal damage.

Impairment of Fertility

In female rats treated from 14 days prior to mating through gestation, decreases in fertility, corpora lutea, and implantation sites were observed at an oral dose of 16 mg/kg/day (45 times human exposure at the recommended daily oral dose of 2.5 mg and 13 times human exposure at the recommended once-monthly oral dose of 150 mg, based on AUC comparison).

13.2 Animal Pharmacology

Animal studies have shown that ibandronate is an inhibitor of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption. In the Schenk assay in growing rats, ibandronate inhibited bone resorption and increased bone volume, based on histologic examination of the tibial metaphyses. There was no evidence of impaired mineralization at the highest dose of 5 mg/kg/day (subcutaneously), which is 1000 times the lowest antiresorptive dose of 0.005 mg/kg/day in this model, and 5000 times the optimal antiresorptive dose of 0.001 mg/kg/day in the aged ovariectomized rat. This indicates that Ibandronate administered at therapeutic doses is unlikely to induce osteomalacia.

Long-term daily or once-monthly intermittent administration of ibandronate to ovariectomized rats or monkeys was associated with suppression of bone turnover and increases in bone mass. In both rats and monkeys, vertebral BMD, trabecular density, and biomechanical strength were increased dose-dependently at doses up to 15 times the recommended human daily oral dose of 2.5 mg, or cumulative monthly doses up to 8 times (rat) or 6 times (monkey) the recommended human once-monthly oral dose of 150 mg, based on body surface area (mg/m2) or area under the curve (AUC) comparison. In monkeys, ibandronate maintained the positive correlation between bone mass and strength at the ulna and femoral neck. New bone formed in the presence of ibandronate had normal histologic structure and did not show mineralization defects.

14 CLINICAL STUDIES

14.1 Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

Daily Dosing

The effectiveness and safety of Ibandronate were demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multinational study of 2946 women aged 55 to 80 years, who were on average 21 years postmenopause, who had lumbar spine BMD 2 to 5 SD below the premenopausal mean (T-score) in at least one vertebra [L1-L4], and who had 1 to 4 prevalent vertebral fractures. Ibandronate was evaluated at oral doses of 2.5 mg daily and 20 mg intermittently. The main outcome measure was the occurrence of new radiographically diagnosed vertebral fractures after 3 years of treatment. The diagnosis of an incident vertebral fracture was based on both qualitative diagnosis by the radiologist and quantitative morphometric criterion. The morphometric criterion required the dual occurrence of 2 events: a relative height ratio or relative height reduction in a vertebral body of at least 20%, together with at least a 4 mm absolute decrease in height. All women received 400 international units vitamin D and 500 mg calcium supplementation per day.

Effect on Fracture Incidence

Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily significantly reduced the incidence of new vertebral (primary efficacy measure) and of new and worsening vertebral fractures. Over the course of the 3-year study, the risk for vertebral fracture was 9.6% in the placebo-treated women and 4.7% in the women treated with Ibandronate 2.5 mg (p<0.001) .

Proportion of Patients with Fracture (%)
Placebo

n=975

Ibandronate 2.5 mg Daily

n=977

Absolute Risk Reduction

(%)

95% CI

Relative Risk Reduction (%)

95% CI

New Vertebral Fracture 9.6 4.7 4.9 52 p=0.0003 vs. placebo
0-3 Year (2.3, 7.4) (29, 68)
New and Worsening Vertebral Fracture 10.4 5.1 5.3 52
0-3 Year (2.6, 7.9) (30, 67)
Clinical (Symptomatic) Vertebral Fracture 5.3 2.8 2.5 49
0-3 Year (0.6, 4.5) (14, 69)

Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily did not reduce the incidence of nonvertebral fractures (secondary efficacy measure). There was a similar number of nonvertebral osteoporotic fractures at 3 years reported in women treated with Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily [9.1%, (95% CI: 7.1%, 11.1%)] and placebo [8.2%, (95% CI: 6.3%, 10.2%)]. The two treatment groups were also similar with regard to the number of fractures reported at the individual nonvertebral sites: pelvis, femur, wrist, forearm, rib, and hip.

Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

Ibandronate significantly increased BMD at the lumbar spine and hip relative to treatment with placebo. In the 3-year osteoporosis treatment study, Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily produced increases in lumbar spine BMD that were progressive over 3 years of treatment and were statistically significant relative to placebo at 6 months and at all later time points. Lumbar spine BMD increased by 6.4% after 3 years of treatment with 2.5 mg daily Ibandronate compared with 1.4% in the placebo group. Table 4 displays the significant increases in BMD seen at the lumbar spine, total hip, femoral neck, and trochanter compared to placebo.

Placebo Ibandronate 2.5 mg Daily
Lumbar Spine 1.4

(n=693)

6.4

(n=712)

Total Hip -0.7

(n=638)

3.1

(n=654)

Femoral Neck -0.7

(n=683)

2.6

(n=699)

Trochanter 0.2

(n=683)

5.3

(n=699)


Bone Histology

The effects of Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily on bone histology were evaluated in iliac crest biopsies from 16 women after 22 months of treatment and 20 women after 34 months of treatment.

The histological analysis of bone biopsies showed bone of normal quality and no indication of osteomalacia or a mineralization defect.

Once-Monthly Dosing

The effectiveness and safety of Ibandronate once-monthly were demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, multinational, noninferiority trial in 1602 women aged 54 to 81 years, who were on average 18 years postmenopause, and had L2-L4 lumbar spine BMD T-score below -2.5 SD at baseline. The main outcome measure was the comparison of the percentage change from baseline in lumbar spine BMD after 1 year of treatment with once-monthly ibandronate (100 mg, 150 mg) to daily ibandronate (2.5 mg). All patients received 400 international units vitamin D and 500 mg calcium supplementation per day.

Ibandronate 150 mg once-monthly (n=327) was shown to be noninferior to Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily (n=318) in lumbar spine BMD in a 1-year, double-blind, multicenter study of women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. In the primary efficacy analysis (per-protocol population), the mean increases from baseline in lumbar spine BMD at 1 year were 3.86% (95% CI: 3.40%, 4.32%) in the 2.5 mg daily group and 4.85% (95% CI: 4.41%, 5.29%) in the 150 mg once-monthly group; the mean difference between 2.5 mg daily and 150 mg once-monthly was 0.99% (95% CI: 0.38%, 1.60%), which was statistically significant (p=0.002). The results of the intent-to-treat analysis were consistent with the primary efficacy analysis. The 150 mg once-monthly group also had consistently higher BMD increases at the other skeletal sites compared to the 2.5 mg daily group.

14.2 Prevention of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

Daily Dosing

The safety and effectiveness of Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis were demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 2-year study (Prevention Study) of 653 postmenopausal women without osteoporosis at baseline. Women were aged 41 to 82 years, were on average 8.5 years postmenopause, and had lumbar spine BMD T-scores greater than -2.5. Women were stratified according to time since menopause (1 to 3 years, greater than 3 years) and baseline lumbar spine BMD (T-score: greater than -1, -1 to -2.5). The study compared daily Ibandronate at three dose levels (0.5 mg, 1.0 mg, 2.5 mg) with placebo. All women received 500 mg of supplemental calcium per day.

The primary efficacy measure was the change in BMD of lumbar spine after 2 years of treatment. Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily resulted in a mean increase in lumbar spine BMD of 3.1% compared with placebo following 2 years of treatment. Increases in BMD were seen at 6 months and at all later time points. Irrespective of the time since menopause or the degree of pre-existing bone loss, treatment with Ibandronate resulted in a higher BMD response at the lumbar spine compared with placebo across all four baseline strata [time since menopause (1 to 3 years, greater than 3 years) and baseline lumbar spine BMD (T-score: greater than -1, -1 to -2.5)].

Compared with placebo, treatment with Ibandronate 2.5 mg daily increased BMD of the total hip by 1.8%, the femoral neck by 2.0%, and the trochanter by 2.1%.

Once-Monthly Dosing

The safety and effectiveness of Ibandronate 150 mg once-monthly for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis were demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 1-year study (Monthly Prevention Study) of 160 postmenopausal women with low bone mass at baseline (T-score of -1 to -2.5). Women, aged 46 to 60 years, were on average 5.4 years postmenopause. All women received 400 international units of vitamin D and 500 mg calcium supplementation daily.

The primary efficacy measure was the relative change in BMD at the lumbar spine after 1 year of treatment. Ibandronate 150 mg once-monthly resulted in a mean increase in lumbar spine BMD of 4.12% (95% confidence interval 2.96 – 5.28) compared with placebo following 1 year of treatment (p<0.0001), based on a 3.73% and -0.39% mean change in BMD from baseline in the 150 mg once-monthly Ibandronate and placebo treatment groups, respectively. BMD at other skeletal sites was also increased relative to baseline values.

16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

16.1 How Supplied

Ibandronate 150 mg tablets: supplied as white, oblong, film-coated tablets, engraved with "BNVA" on one side and "150" on the other side. Packaged as a three-month supply in:

A box of 3 blister packs containing 1 tablet each or a box with 1 blister pack containing 3 tablets (NDC 0004-0186-83).

16.2 Storage and Handling

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted between 15° and 30°C (59° and 86°F).

17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

"See FDA-approved patient labeling "

17.1 Information for Patients

Instruct patients to read the Medication Guide carefully before taking Ibandronate and to re-read it each time the prescription is renewed because it contains important information the patient should know about Ibandronate. The Medication Guide also includes the dosing instructions in order to maximize absorption and clinical benefit.

  • Ibandronate should be taken at least 60 minutes before the first food or drink (other than water) of the day and before taking any oral medication or supplementation including calcium, antacids or vitamins .
  • To facilitate delivery to the stomach, and thus reduce the potential for esophageal irritation, Ibandronate 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 Ibandronate.
  • Patients should not eat, drink anything except for water, or take other medications for 60 minutes after taking Ibandronate.
  • Plain water is the only drink that should be taken with Ibandronate. Note that some mineral waters may have a higher concentration of calcium and therefore should not be used.
  • Patients should not chew or suck the tablet because of a potential for oropharyngeal ulceration.
  • The Ibandronate 150 mg tablet should be taken on the same date each month (i.e., the patient's Ibandronate day).
  • The patient must not take two 150 mg tablets within the same week.
  • If the once-monthly dose is missed, and the patient's next scheduled Ibandronate day is more than 7 days away, the patient should be instructed to take one Ibandronate 150 mg tablet in the morning following the date that it is remembered . The patient should then return to taking one Ibandronate 150 mg tablet every month in the morning of their chosen day, according to their original schedule.
  • If the once-monthly dose is missed, and the patient's next scheduled Ibandronate day is only 1 to 7 days away, the patient must wait until the subsequent month's scheduled Ibandronate day to take their tablet. The patient should then return to taking one Ibandronate 150 mg tablet every month in the morning of their chosen day, according to their original schedule.

Patients should receive supplemental calcium and vitamin D if dietary intake is inadequate. Intake of supplemental calcium and vitamin D should be delayed for at least 60 minutes following oral administration of Ibandronate in order to maximize absorption of Ibandronate.

Physicians should be alert to signs or symptoms signaling a possible esophageal reaction during therapy, and patients should be instructed to discontinue Ibandronate and seek medical attention if they develop symptoms of esophageal irritation such as new or worsening dysphagia, pain on swallowing, retrosternal pain, or heartburn.

MEDICATION GUIDE

Ibandronate® (bon-EE-va)

(ibandronate)

Read the Medication Guide that comes with Ibandronate before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about Ibandronate.

What is the most important information I should know about Ibandronate?

Ibandronate may cause serious side effects including:

    • Esophagus problems
    • Low calcium levels in your blood (hypocalcemia)
    • Bone, joint or muscle pain
    • Severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis)
    • Unusual thigh bone fractures
  • Esophagus problems.

    Some people who take Ibandronate may develop problems in the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth and the stomach). These problems include irritation, inflammation, or ulcers of the esophagus which may sometimes bleed.

    • It is important that you take Ibandronate exactly as prescribed to help lower your chance of getting esophagus problems.
    • Stop taking Ibandronate and call your doctor right away if you get chest pain, new or worsening heartburn, or have trouble or pain when you swallow.
  • Low calcium levels in your blood (hypocalcemia).

    Ibandronate may lower the calcium levels in your blood. If you have low blood calcium before you start taking Ibandronate, it may get worse during treatment. Your low blood calcium must be treated before you take Ibandronate. Most people with low blood calcium levels do not have symptoms, but some people may have symptoms. Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of low blood calcium such as:

    • Spasms, twitches, or cramps in your muscles
    • Numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, or around your mouth
    Your doctor may prescribe calcium and vitamin D to help prevent low calcium levels in your blood, while you take Ibandronate. Take calcium and vitamin D as your doctor tells you to.
  • Bone, joint, or muscle pain.

    Some people who take Ibandronate develop severe bone, joint, or muscle pain.

  • Severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis).

    Severe jaw bone problems may happen when you take Ibandronate. Your doctor may examine your mouth before you start Ibandronate. Your doctor may tell you to see your dentist before you start Ibandronate. It is important for you to practice good mouth care during treatment with Ibandronate.

  • Unusual thigh bone fractures.

    Some people have developed unusual fractures in their thigh bone. Symptoms of a fracture may include new or unusual pain in your hip, groin, or thigh.


Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects.

What is Ibandronate?

Ibandronate is a prescription medicine used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. Ibandronate helps increase bone mass and helps reduce the chance of having a spinal fracture (break).

It is not known how long Ibandronate works for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. You should see your doctor regularly to determine if Ibandronate is still right for you.

It is not known if Ibandronate is safe and effective in children.

Who should not take Ibandronate?

Do not take Ibandronate if you:

  • Have certain problems with your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth with your stomach
  • Cannot stand or sit upright for at least 60 minutes
  • Have low levels of calcium in your blood
  • Are allergic to Ibandronate or any of its ingredients. A list of ingredients is at the end of this leaflet

What should I tell my doctor before taking Ibandronate?

Before you start Ibandronate, be sure to talk to your doctor if you:

  • Have problems with swallowing
  • Have stomach or digestive problems
  • Have low blood calcium
  • Plan to have dental surgery or teeth removed
  • Have kidney problems
  • Have been told you have trouble absorbing minerals in your stomach or intestines (malabsorption syndrome)
  • Are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Ibandronate can harm your unborn baby.
  • Are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known if Ibandronate passes into your milk and may harm your baby.

Tell your doctor and dentist about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Certain medicines may affect how Ibandronate works.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • antacids
  • aspirin
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID) medicines

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

How should I take Ibandronate?

  • Take Ibandronate exactly as your doctor tells you.
  • Take 1 Ibandronate 150 mg tablet 1 time every month on the same day each month.
  • Ibandronate works only if taken on an empty stomach.
  • Take 1 Ibandronate tablet, after you get up for the day and before taking your first food, drink, or other medicine.
  • Take Ibandronate while you are sitting or standing.
  • Do not chew or suck on a tablet of Ibandronate.
  • Swallow Ibandronate tablet with a full glass (6-8 oz) of plain water only.
  • Do not take Ibandronate with mineral water, coffee, tea, soda, or juice.

After swallowing Ibandronate tablet, wait at least 60 minutes:

  • Before you lie down. You may sit, stand or walk, and do normal activities like reading.
  • Before you take your first food or drink except for plain water.
  • Before you take other medicines, including antacids, calcium, and other supplements and vitamins.

Do not lie down for at least 60 minutes after you take Ibandronate and do not eat your first food of the day for at least 60 minutes after you take Ibandronate.

If you miss a dose of Ibandronate, do not take it later in the day. Call your doctor for instructions.

If you take too much Ibandronate, call your doctor. Do not try to vomit. Do not lie down.

What are the possible side effects of Ibandronate?

Ibandronate may cause serious side effects.

  • See "What is the most important information I should know about Ibandronate?"

The most common side effects of Ibandronate are:

  • Back pain
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach area (abdominal) pain
  • Pain in your arms and legs
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Flu-like symptoms

You may get allergic reactions, such as hives, breathing difficulties, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, or feeling faint.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Ibandronate. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.

How do I store Ibandronate?

  • Store Ibandronate at room temperature, 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
  • Keep Ibandronate in a tightly closed container.

Keep Ibandronate and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of Ibandronate.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Ibandronate for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Ibandronate to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Ibandronate. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Ibandronate that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in Ibandronate?

Active ingredient: Ibandronate

Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, povidone, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, purified stearic acid, colloidal silicon dioxide, and purified water. Tablet film coating contains: hypromellose, titanium dioxide, talc, polyethylene glycol 6000 and purified water.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ibandronate is a registered trademark of Roche Therapeutics Inc.

Distributed by:

Genentech USA, Inc.

A Member of the Roche Group

1 DNA Way

South San Francisco, CA 94080-4990

Revised: December 2016

© 2016 Genentech, Inc. All rights reserved.

Representative sample of labeling :

Ibandronate pharmaceutical active ingredients containing related brand and generic drugs:

infoActive ingredient is the part of the drug or medicine which is biologically active. This portion of the drug is responsible for the main action of the drug which is intended to cure or reduce the symptom or disease. The other portions of the drug which are inactive are called excipients; there role is to act as vehicle or binder. In contrast to active ingredient, the inactive ingredient's role is not significant in the cure or treatment of the disease. There can be one or more active ingredients in a drug.


Ibandronate available forms, composition, doses:

infoForm of the medicine is the form in which the medicine is marketed in the market, for example, a medicine X can be in the form of capsule or the form of chewable tablet or the form of tablet. Sometimes same medicine can be available as injection form. Each medicine cannot be in all forms but can be marketed in 1, 2, or 3 forms which the pharmaceutical company decided based on various background research results.
Composition is the list of ingredients which combinedly form a medicine. Both active ingredients and inactive ingredients form the composition. The active ingredient gives the desired therapeutic effect whereas the inactive ingredient helps in making the medicine stable.
Doses are various strengths of the medicine like 10mg, 20mg, 30mg and so on. Each medicine comes in various doses which is decided by the manufacturer, that is, pharmaceutical company. The dose is decided on the severity of the symptom or disease.

Price
Boniva 150 mg tablet124.66 USD
Boniva 2.5 mg tablet4.16 USD
Boniva 3 150 mg tablet Disp Pack388.93 USD
Boniva 3 mg/3 ml syringe504.06 USD
Boniva 3 mg/3ml Kit Box524.22 USD
Injectable; Injection; Ibandronate Sodium 1 mg
Injectable; Injection; Ibandronate Sodium 1 mg / ml
Tablets; Oral; Ibandronate Sodium 150 mg
Tablets; Oral; Ibandronate Sodium 2.5 mg

Ibandronate destination | category:

infoDestination is defined as the organism to which the drug or medicine is targeted. For most of the drugs what we discuss, human is the drug destination.
Drug category can be defined as major classification of the drug. For example, an antihistaminic or an antipyretic or anti anginal or pain killer, anti-inflammatory or so.


Ibandronate Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical codes:

infoA medicine is classified depending on the organ or system it acts [Anatomical], based on what result it gives on what disease, symptom [Therapeutical], based on chemical composition [Chemical]. It is called as ATC code. The code is based on Active ingredients of the medicine. A medicine can have different codes as sometimes it acts on different organs for different indications. Same way, different brands with same active ingredients and same indications can have same ATC code.


Ibandronate pharmaceutical companies:

infoPharmaceutical companies are drug manufacturing companies that help in complete development of the drug from the background research to formation, clinical trials, release of the drug into the market and marketing of the drug.
Researchers are the persons who are responsible for the scientific research and is responsible for all the background clinical trials that resulted in the development of the drug.


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References

  1. Dailymed."BONIVA (IBANDRONATE SODIUM) TABLET, FILM COATED [GENENTECH, INC.]". https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailym... (accessed August 28, 2018).

Frequently asked Questions

Can i drive or operate heavy machine after consuming Ibandronate?

Depending on the reaction of the Ibandronate after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Ibandronate not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.

Is Ibandronate addictive or habit forming?

Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.

Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.

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