Boniva is a prescription drug used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in females after end of menstrual cycle. Boniva may reverse bone loss by stopping more loss of bone and increasing bone mass in most females who take it, even though they won’t be able to see or feel a difference. Boniva may help decrease the chances of breaking bones (fractures).


Risedronate is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates which also includes the medicines alendronate (Fosamax) and etidronate (Didronel). It is used for the treatment of Paget’s illness of bone (a disease in which the formation of bone is abnormal) and in persons with osteoporosis (in which the density and strength of bones are reduced). Bone is continually being formed and dissolved.