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ZOLEDRONATE (Aclasta) [Zole-ed-ROW-nate]
How to use this medicaiton
Zoledronate is a medication used to treat and prevent thinning of the bones (called osteoporosis) and to treat a condition called Paget’s disease.
Zoledronate is given once a year by a 15 minute intravenous (IV) infusion.
What you need to do
To help build your bones you should take calcium & vitamin D while taking zoledronate. Your doctor will tell you the right amount of calcium and vitamin D for you.
Do not take zoledronate if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Medicines like zoledronate have been associated with a very rare problem with the jaw (osteonecrosis). This problem has been seen after dental work. Let your doctor know if you develop sudden pain in the jaw.
Your doctor will monitor your response to zoledronate by testing your BMD. This is usually done every 1 to 3 years. Talk to your doctor.
Side effects & important things to know
After receiving zoledronate, some patients have developed a fever and flu-like symptoms including “feeling out of sorts”, chills, fatigue, and weakness. These symptoms are usually mild to moderate and go away after a few days.
Zoledronate can cause bone, muscle, or joint pain. This can be severe but is rare.
Zoledronate has been associated with abnormal heart rhythms (atrial fibrillation). Tell your doctor if you have a heart rhythm problem.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick after the infusion
If you are concerned about any side effects
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking zoledronate. You do not need to wean off it. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.