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Friday, June 17, 2011 Vma, Community Member, asks

Q: I'm allergic to Reclast.( Rash on legs, arms, torso, hives & severe bone pain) Should I take Boniva?

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
6/17/11 5:24pm

Hi Vma, welcome...So sorry to hear about your problems with Reclast.  Since Boniva is in the same class of drugs as Reclast (bisphosphonates) I would definitely ask your Dr. if this "could" be an issue, since it's almost impossible to know ahead of time how you'll react.


I have heard of some Drs that will give a very small testing dose (sub-q) just under the skin, and then wait to see if any allergic reaction occurs.  I don't know if this is a possibility, but you could ask.  I don't know the actual amount that is used for testing, but it must be a very small dose, which I'm sure your Dr. will know about.


Good luck, and try to find out first if having a treatment from the same drug family will pose a problem and then ask if there is a testing dose to see how you react.  Let us know what you find out from your physician-OK?

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By Vma, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/17/11, First Published: 06/17/11