Some people have very few side effects while others may experience more. The side effects described below won't affect everyone who is having ibandronic acid and may be different if you are having more than one drug. We have outlined the most common side effects but haven't included those that are rare and therefore unlikely to affect you. If you notice any effects that aren't listed below, discuss them with your doctor or nurse.
Problems with swallowing or heartburn
This may be a sign that the drug is irritating your gullet. If you find swallowing painful or difficult, or if you have heartburn that is new or getting worse, stop taking ibandronic acid tablets. Let your doctor know as soon as you can.
These include a high temperature, chills and pains in your muscles or joints. Let your doctor know if these effects are troublesome. It may be helpful to take mild painkillers.
Indigestion and heartburn
Let your doctor know if this is a problem and if it continues or gets worse. They can prescribe medicine to help.
If you’ve had stomach problems before, ibandronic acid can make them worse. Your doctor will monitor you closely if you’ve had problems with your stomach in the past.
Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
This is usually mild and can be controlled with anti-sickness (anti-emetic) tablets.
Abdominal (tummy) pain
If you experience this, let your doctor know if it is severe or if it continues.
Tingling sensation in lips or tongue
This happens because of a drop in calcium levels below normal and is usually only temporary. Your doctor will carry out regular blood tests to monitor the level of calcium in your blood.
Diarrhoea or constipation
Let your doctor know if you have diarrhoea or constipation. They can prescribe medicine to help with this. Remember to drink plenty of fluids.
Some people have headaches with ibandronic acid. Let your doctor know if you are getting headaches.