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Reactions to other pharmaceuticals

Anyone else get migraines from taking ibandronate? I've tried the weekly, the monthly, and am now splitting the monthly (140 MG I THINK) in half but I still get a reaction. BUmmer

  1. I'm sorry to hear that you're having a reaction to your pharmaceutical. Have you had an opportunity to talk with your neurologist about it yet? If not, I would definitely reach out to discuss different options.

    I also wanted to share a video that Holly created. She provides great resources to our community there. She may also chime in to this post here, but in the meantime, here's a video to check out.
    Alene, moderator

    1. WEll yeah; but Ibandronate is for treating the thinning on bones; nothing to do with migraine treatment. Sort of like eating chocolate; it is a pharmaceutical isn't it???!!! (I"m kidding)
      Yeah will gripe to neurologiest next pass I'm in his office.

      1. that makes sense. Sorry for the confusion. Good luck with talking to your doctor and keep us posted as you feel comfortable doing so.
        Alene, moderator

      2. I'm sorry you are having head pain while taking this medication. I did a bit of reading and "headache" is a common side effect. The thing about potential side effects is they may lessen the longer we take them. It can take 90 days, sometimes longer, for our body to adjust to new medications. During this time side effects may lessen.
        As Alene said, having a discussion about with the doctor sounds like the way to go and I'm glad to hear you'll do that at your next visit. Will you keep us posted? Sending along pain free wishes, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    2. Okie dokie I"m not holding my breath seeming as I have been taking it for some 6 months or more. Maybe I should try the weekly approach again.... Hummm.. Might be worth a try...

      1. Let us know how this strategy works for you (and hoping you're consulting with your doctor before making changes as necessary). I had not heard of this medication being a trigger for migraine yet- but there are so many triggers in the world- I wouldn't be at all surprised. Like Nancy, I just looked up Boniva online and see that one of the primary side effects is headache. Have you been diagnosed with migraine? Thinking of you- Holly ( team)

    3. THere is not 'real' acid test for having migraines, is there? I see spots etc etc etc etc and have had mutliple concussions. Figuring out triggers can be hard given some things are usually bad (chocolate); always bad (alcohol and barametric pressure drops) and then there is life.

      1. Hi
        Great question! There currently is no diagnostic test or lab work that will definitely diagnose migraine disease. It's a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning other things are ruled in or out. You can read more about this here;
        I hope that helps and wish you a low pain day, Nancy Harris Bonk Patient Leader/Moderator Team

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