Bonap – use | dose | side effects
This medicament contains an active substance called alendronic acid. Bonap belongs to group of medicines called bisphosphonates. It prevents or slow bone loss, therefore prevents the development of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. In this way it reduces the risk of bone fracture.
In postmenopausal women there is an increased risk of osteoporosis because of reduced estrogen secretion, which helps to maintain normal skeletal system in women.
- It should be avoided in patients allergic to alendronic acid or other similar drugs.
- Bonap should be avoided in patients with low level of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia).
- It also should be used with extra precautions in patients with renal impairment.
- It should be used with extra precautions in patients who are under treatment with drugs called corticosteroids, such as:
- prednisolone (Pronison),
- dexamethasone, and others
- It should be used with extra precautions in patients who smoke, because such patients are at increased risk of teeth damage.
After you take a Bonap pill, do not lie down or sit down for half an hour. You should walk or stand up. This will reduce the risk of esophagus damage.
It should not be taken at bedtime! It should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. If you forgot to take this drug in the morning, do not take it later in the day. Wait until the next morning.
During this treatment, you will have to maintain a good oral hygiene, because of an increased risk of damaging the teeth and their falling out.
Tell your dentist if you are experiencing any changes in your teeth. We advise you to frequently visit your dentist while using this medicine, in order to prevent tooth damage.
Use of Bonap during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Bonap should not be used during the pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is intended only for use in postmenopausal women. If you are not sure that you have gone through menopause, consult your doctor.
- It must be taken with plenty of liquid (at least 500 ml of pure water). After you take a Bonap tablet, do not lie down or sit down for half an hour. You should walk or stand up. This will reduce the risk of esophagus damage.
- If you are experiencing chest pain, stop taking this drug and consult your doctor.
- It should not be taken with juices, milk, carbonated water or other liquids, but only with regular water.
- Bonap should be taken in the morning for at least an hour before breakfast. After you take drug, you should not take any food or drinks for an hour.
- Do not crush or chew tablets but swallow them whole.
- It should be taken once a week. You need to choose one day in a week that is suitable for you and always take your Bonap pill at the same time on the same day of the week.
- Bonap should not be used in children, but only in postmenopausal women.
Use with other medicines (Interactions)
Bonap should be avoided in combination with the following drugs:
- Antacids, drugs used in the treatment of heartburn, such as:
- antacids that contain magnesium,
- calcium and others. Antacids may decrease the effect of Bonap.
- Preparations of calcium, magnesium and other similar preparations.
- Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, used in the treatment of pain and inflammation, such as:
Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines or herbal products.
Bonap side effects
Bonap may cause the following side effects:
- bone pain,
- muscle pain,
- joint pain (these pains occur very often),
- stomach pain,
- esophagus damage,
- difficulty swallowing,
- blurred vision,
- flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat),
- allergy and others.
Tell your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects.