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  • Generic Name: (zoledronic acid)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Reclast is a medicine used to prevent and treat osteoporosis in women after menopause and to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis. Reclast is also used to treat men or women with osteoporosis that is caused by the use of corticosteroid medicines (such as prednisone), and to treat Paget's disease of the bone. Reclast is administered intravenously (injected into a vein in your arm).

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Reclast works by stopping a type of bone cell from breaking down bones.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Reclast has been shown to reduce the occurrence of bone fractures and increase bone thickness.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly and ask you questions from time to time to check how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: fever, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, pain in your extremities (such as your fingers or toes).

      Less common side effects may include:

      Unusual fractures in the thigh bone, with symptoms such as new or unusual pain in your hip, groin, or thigh.

      Low blood calcium levels, with symptoms such as spasms, twitches, or cramps in your muscles; or numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, or around your mouth.

      Reclast may cause severe jaw bone problems, severe kidney problems, or bone pain.

      Reclast may harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while receiving Reclast.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will not administer Reclast to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Your healthcare provider will not administer Reclast to you if you have low blood calcium levels or kidney problems.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Reclast. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have asthma from taking aspirin; kidney or thyroid problems; low blood calcium levels; if you plan to have dental surgery or teeth removed; have been told you have trouble absorbing minerals in your stomach or intestines or have had parts of your intestine removed; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your condition.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will administer Reclast to you.

      You may eat and drink normally before your treatment with Reclast. Drink at least 2 glasses of fluid (such as water) within a few hours prior to the infusion, as directed by your healthcare provider.

      Your healthcare provider may prescribe calcium and vitamin D to help prevent low blood calcium levels while you are receiving Reclast. Take these exactly as directed by your healthcare provider.

      It is important to maintain good oral hygiene and undergo routine dental check-ups.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.

      Do not schedule dental procedures while you are receiving Reclast.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Reclast is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Reclast with the following: certain antibiotics (such as amikacin or gentamicin), certain water pills (such as furosemide or torsemide), digoxin, or medicines that can harm your kidneys (such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDS]).

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      Reclast may harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy, and therefore should not be used during pregnancy. The effects of Reclast during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Reclast. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      Reclast should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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