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Archive for April, 2011

IV Boniva

April 28, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

IV Boniva is the same medication (Ibandronate) as regular Boniva.  Because it is given as a shot into a vein (IV) it has no heartburn, GERD, esophagus or stomach issues.  This makes it an antiresorptive which can be used if you have GERD.

It takes less than a minute to give IV Boniva in the office with a total stay of about 15 minutes.

IV Bisphosphonates

April 25, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

The IV Bisphosphonates are IV Boniva, Reclast and Zometa.  Reclast and Zometa are actually the same drug in different doses for different purposes.  Reclast is the one used for Osteoporosis.  These are all given by a shot into a vein (IV). 

IV Bisphosphonates were developed to be less irritating and to be more reliable than Oral Bisphosphonates.  They completely avoid the esophagus and stomach, so heartburn and reflux disease are not an issue.  They also avoid the possibility of poor absorption from the stomach.  If you take an IV Bisphosphonate, you know that you have the medicine on board and that you are protecting your bones. 


April 20, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Actonel is a pill for treatment and prevention of Osteoporosis.  It is taken monthly (or weekly) on an empty stomach followed by at least 8 ounces of water.  No other food or drink is allowed for at least half an hour.  Actonel is one of the Bisphosphonates and has all of the potential benefits and risks of that class.  The most common problems are heartburn, GERD and esophagus and stomach issues.

Orthopods and Osteoporosis

April 18, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Friday I presented at the Iowa Orthopaedic Society Spring Educational Meeting.  Most of the orthopedic surgeons present are interested in making sure their fragility fracture patients are treated for osteoporosis, but were unsure how to do that.