If you click on the highlighted drug names for each of the drugs on the original page it also gives further info re each of the drugs.....
I'm thinking the same Belinda - dont really get side effects and it keeps me away from hospital and getting blood tests etc. Bones are stable - not sure if its the ibandronic acid thats doing this or tamoxifen??
The link which belinda has attached is the BCC publication which has some information on Ibandronic Acid.
I've also attached a link to the Macmillan site which has a little more information:
Very best wishes
Incidently ther is information on denusomab including information re all the side effects in the /BCC publication treating secondary BC in the bones...a passing mod may post the link..Im not IT savvy enough!
Main, pretty rare but serious side effect is osteonecrosis of the jaw...the risk is increased if you have root canal work done...so its worth getting teeth checked before starting /early on in treatment...and keeping teeth well cleaned, checked and appts with dental hygeinist etc...risk is slightly greater than with zometa....also a very small risk of unusual fractures...some people have flu like smptoms when starting. Also a (higher)risk of low calcium...hence everyone started on calcium and vit D when going on it.......Personally i have had no side effects...neither has my elderly mum...
Hi BC lass...it might be worth finding out how frequently you need blood tests done.......I never need additional blood tests (at the moment!) for denusomab...but I had been having blood tests for zometa prior to switching and I have 3 weekly blood tests for capecitabine....My mother has just started on denusomab....I understand that the standard protocol in Bristol is a blood test in the week prior to denusomab for 3 (or possible 6 months I cant remember) but then only 3 monthly blood tests......it would be worth checking in your area cos it may be thats its not as frequent as you think...
I take calichew - they are ok, take with a glass of water and chew them up. Being put off with the blood test and vein hunting with denosumab so wondering whether to stick to daily tablet of ibandronic acid...
I have been on ibandronic acid for 9 mths for bone mets and things have been stable. I have now been offered Denosumab from my insurance company.
I know this is a newer drug but not sure whether to switch?