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Boniva vs. Forteo

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Are Boniva and Forteo the Same Thing?

Boniva (ibandronate) and Forteo (teriparatide [rDNA origin]) are used to treat or prevent osteoporosis.

Boniva is a bisphosphonate and Forteo is a form of parathyroid hormone.

Side effects of Boniva and Forteo that are similar include headache, diarrhea, nausea or stomach upset, joint pain, dizziness, or injection site reactions (pain, swelling, bruising, itching, or redness).

Side effects of Boniva that are different from Forteo include back pain, redness or swelling of your eyes, flu-like symptoms, pain in your arms or legs, weakness, allergic reaction, indigestion, vomiting, spinning sensation (vertigo), upper respiratory infection, pneumonia, or urinary tract infection (UTI).

Side effects of Forteo that are different from Boniva include fast heartbeat within 4 hours after using this medication, muscle cramps or spasms, leg cramps, cough, sore throat, runny nose, neck pain, or constipation.

Boniva may interact with products containing calcium, aluminum, magnesium, or iron (such as antacids, supplements or vitamins); and aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Boniva?

Common side effects of Boniva include:

  • back pain,
  • headache,
  • redness or swelling of your eyes,
  • diarrhea,
  • flu-like symptoms,
  • nausea or stomach upset,
  • pain in your arms or legs,
  • redness or swelling where Boniva was injected,
  • weakness,
  • allergic reaction,
  • indigestion,
  • vomiting,
  • joint pain,
  • dizziness,
  • spinning sensation (vertigo),
  • upper respiratory infection,
  • pneumonia, or
  • urinary tract infection.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Forteo?

Common side effects of Forteo include:

  • muscle cramps or spasms,
  • leg cramps,
  • joint pain,
  • cough,
  • sore throat,
  • runny nose,
  • headache,
  • neck pain,
  • nausea,
  • constipation,
  • diarrhea, or
  • injection site reactions (pain, swelling, bruising, itching, or redness).

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Forteo including:

  • fainting,
  • unusual tiredness, or
  • mental/mood changes (such as 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 Forteo?

Forteo (teriparatide [rDNA origin]) Injection is a man-made form of parathyroid hormone that exists naturally in the body used to treat osteoporosis in men and women who have a high risk of bone fracture.

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 Forteo?

Forteo may interact with digoxin.

How Should Boniva Be Taken?

Dosage of Boniva depends on the condition being treated.

How Should Forteo Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Forteo is 20 mcg subcutaneously once a day.

Reviewed on 2/11/2019

SOURCE:

Genentech. Boniva Product Information.

https://www.gene.com/patients/medicines/boniva-tablets

Lilly. Forteo Product Information.

https://www.forteo.com

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