Boniva vs. Evista

Are Boniva and Evista the Same Thing?

Boniva (ibandronate) and Evista (raloxifene hydrochloride) are used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause.

Evista is also used to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis or who are otherwise at risk of invasive breast cancer.

Boniva is a bisphosphonate and Evista is an estrogen agonist/antagonist.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Boniva?

Common side effects of Boniva include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Evista?

Common side effects of Evista include:

Seek medical attention if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Evista including:

  • leg swelling or pain,
  • trouble breathing,
  • chest pain,
  • sudden vision changes,
  • severe headache,
  • weakness on one side of the body, or
  • confusion.

What is Boniva?

Boniva (ibandronate) is a bisphosphonate drug that alters the cycle of bone formation and breakdown in the body used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. Boniva slows bone loss while increasing bone mass, which may prevent bone fractures.

What is Evista?

Evista (raloxifene hydrochloride) is an estrogen agonist/antagonist used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Evista is also used to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis or who are otherwise at risk of invasive breast cancer.

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What Drugs Interact With Boniva?

Boniva may interact with aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Boniva may also interact with products containing calcium, aluminum, magnesium, or iron (such as antacids, supplements or vitamins).

What Drugs Interact With Evista?

Evista may interact with cholestyramine, blood thinners, diazepam, diazoxide, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.

How Should Boniva Be Taken?

Dosage of Boniva depends on the condition being treated.

How Should Evista Be Taken?

The recommended dosage is one 60 mg Evista tablet daily, taken any time of day without regard to meals.

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References
SOURCES:

Genentech. Boniva Product Information.

https://www.gene.com/download/pdf/boniva_tablets_prescribing.pdf

FDA. Evista Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2007/022042lbl.pdf

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