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Boniva (Ibandronate)

Also Known as Bonviva

Prescription medicineOnly Available By Prescription

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What if I find a lower price with another pharmacy?

We guarantee the lowest price on all of our prescription products. If you find your medications cheaper at any other recognized licensed mail order pharmacy, we will not only match their price, we will beat it by 25% of the difference. It is our 125% price match guarantee!

Example: If you find a product on Canada Drugs Direct for $50.00 and find the same product for $40.00 at another mail order pharmacy, we will provide you with a $12.50 discount, bringing your total to $37.50.

To get the discount please make sure to mention the price match to the customer service team when they call to collect payment for your order. Or call toll free at 1-888-904-8467 to place the order through the phone.

Terms & Conditions of Program

  • Guaranteed lowest price is only valid at the time of sale.
  • We will only match the current advertised price.
  • Products must be identical and in stock at the time of placing an order with a licensed mail order pharmacy. The must be a member of CIPA (Canadian International Pharmacy Association).
  • Products must be authentic in brand and size (same manufacturer, same country of manufacture, same pack size, same strength and same quantity).
  • Products must be new. We cannot match the price of any used, short expiry or expired product.
  • Price match can only be issued over the phone with our customer service team
What is a Generic Drug?

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 (Ibandronate) is a prescription medication prescribed to treat menopause. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the body no longer rebuilds bone as fast as it breaks it down. Patients with osteoporosis have a higher likelihood of bone fractures.

BONIVA works by incorporating into the matrix of bone tissue. It binds to the mineral hydroxyapatite, which is part of the mineral matrix. Once in the bone matrix, BONIVA prevents bone resorption, which is the natural breakdown step of bone turnover. By preventing the breakdown of bone, BONIVA helps to maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis.


Take BONIVA dosage 150 mg tablet once monthly on an empty stomach with 6-8 oz of water.

Take BONIVA first thing in the morning, 60 minutes before any food, drinks, or other medications. Avoid lying down for 60 minutes after taking BONIVA.


The active ingredient in BONIVA and BONIVA generic and is ibandronate sodium.


Your doctor may suggest that you take daily supplementation of calcium and Vitamin D. Do not take a different BONIVA dosage than prescribed by your doctor.

Do not take BONIVA if you have abnormalities of the esophagus which delay esophageal emptying.

BONIVA may cause hypocalcemia (low calcium), so your doctor should monitor your calcium levels while you are taking BONIVA.

Speak with your doctor if you have a history of gastrointestinal issues like Barrett's esophagus, dyspepsia, or dysphagia.

If you experience severe pain in joints, muscles, or the jaw while taking BONIVA, let your doctor know and they may need to stop your BONIVA.

Side Effects

Some of the most common side effects of BONIVA may include:

  • Asthenia
  • Back pain
  • Bronchitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Dyspepsia
  • Headache
  • Myalgia
  • Pain in extremity
  • Pneumonia
  • Tooth disorder

Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for a full list of side effects that are most relevant to you.


  1. Boniva [package insert]. San Fransisco, CA: Genentech; 2015.
  2. Healthline, Osteoporosis, August 19th, 2020. Retrieved April 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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