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Generic: zoledronic acid
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It is used to treat Paget's disease and osteoporosis in women
               



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What is this medicine?

ZOLEDRONIC ACID (ZOE le dron ik AS id) lowers the amount of calcium loss from bone. It is used to treat Paget's disease and osteoporosis in women.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • aspirin- sensitive asthma
  • dental disease
  • kidney disease
  • low levels of calcium in the blood
  • past surgery on the parathyroid gland or intestines
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to zoledronic acid, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • certain antibiotics given by injection
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • some diuretics like bumetanide, furosemide
  • teriparatide

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checkups. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medicine. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may order blood tests or other tests to see how you are doing.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

You should make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.

Some people who take this medicine have severe bone, joint, and/ or muscle pain. This medicine may also increase your risk for a broken thigh bone. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain in your upper leg or groin. Tell your doctor if you have any pain that does not go away or that gets worse.

               
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