| Zoledronic information
Zoledronic acid is a popular medicine that is widely known under the generic name of Zoledronic acid. Zoledronic belongs to a wide class of drugs that is called bisphosphonates and that are able to inhibit the amount of calcium that is released from the patient's bones.
Zoledronic acid is a popular product that is generally indicated to patients who are suffering from abnormally high calcium blood levels (that are linked to cancer), multiple myeloma and / or Paget's disease. However, Zoledronic could also serve some other purposes that have not been listed in this guide (like prevent or treat other types of medical disorders). You should ask your personal physician, a nurse or a pharmacist for more information about Zoledronic.
If you suffer from known allergy to Zoledronic or to any of its main ingredients, you should not start taking Zoledronic acid. Before you start a treatment with Zoledronic you should inform your personal health care specialist if you are suffering from allergic reactions to any foods, dyes, preservatives or other substances (this includes other medicines). Your doctor might advise you to undergo a dental medical exam before you take your first dose of Zoledronic acid, especially if you are suffering from cancer, if you are taking steroids or are undergoing chemotherapy.
A few patients who have been treated with drugs that are similar to Zoledronic acid have developed jaw osteonecrosis. This disorder's usual symptoms are known to include loss of teeth, jaw pain, numbness, swelling, slow healing or gum infection. Other medical conditions (like anemia, blood clotting disorders, pre-existing dental issues) have been associated with osteonecrosis.
During your treatment with Zoledronic acid you should avoid undergoing any sort of dental surgery. Some medical conditions are known to harmfully interact with a treatment with Zoledronic acid (they might prevent you from taking Zoledronic or you might have to be indicated a lower dose of Zoledronic). Alert your personal health care provider if you are suffering from any of these medical disorders:
- A parathyroid or thyroid disease;
- Bone cancer;
- Kidney disorder;
- Malabsorption syndrome;
- Sulfite allergy or asthma;
Zoledronic acid is a category D FDA pregnancy drug. Therefore, intake of Zoledronic during pregnancy could have severe effects on a growing fetus. If you are pregnant, you should consult it with your personal physician whether you may start taking Zoledronic or not. During your treatment with Zoledronic you should use an effective contraceptive method, to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. It has been clearly determined that Zoledronic's main ingredients are able to pass into the patient's breast milk. If you are nursing an infant, you should ask your physician if it is safe to use Zoledronic acid.
Zoledronic Intake Guidelines
Zoledronic is regularly administered by an authorized health care specialist as an injection into the vein, in a special medical setting (a hospital or a clinic). Zoledronic (Zoledronic acid) should be administered though an IV infusion. Before you receive a dose of Zoledronic you should drink plenty of liquids in order to prevent a possible dehydration. Your personal health care specialist might advise you to take vitamin D or calcium supplements during your treatment with Zoledronic acid. Do not deviate from any of your physician's instructions and try to follow all his recommendations.
In order to check to see if your treatment with Zoledronic acid is paying off as it should, you will probably have to undergo regular medical exams of your kidneys and of your blood. You should not miss any of your appointments with your personal health care provider. Store Zoledronic in a cool, dry place, away from heat and moisture.
Your personal physician (who is familiar with your complete medical history) is the only person who can prescribe you the correct dose of Zoledronic acid that you should take in. Do not deviate from any of your physician's instructions.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from an overdose with Zoledronic you should seek immediate medical attention. An overdose with Zoledronic acid might trigger symptoms such as the following: tingling or numbness in your feet and hands, muscle stiffness, face muscles spasms, uneven heartbeats, and breathing troubles or wheezing.
Zoledronic Missed Dose
If you miss one of your indicated doses of Zoledronic acid you should alert your personal health care specialist as soon as possible.
Zoledronic Side Effects
You should receive immediate medical attention if you develop an allergic reaction (breathing problems, swelling of the face, lips, throat or mouth, hives, etc) to Zoledronic's components. Stop taking Zoledronic acid and alert your doctor if you experience any of these dangerous side effects:
- Bone, joint, or muscle pain;
- Easy bruising, pale skin, unusual weakness;
- Fever, body aches, chills, flu-like symptoms;
- Less or no urine at all;
- Tingly or numb feeling, muscle spasms;
You may continue using Zoledronic acid but you should alert your physician if you develop any of these less severe but more common side effects:
- Constipation, diarrhea;
- Nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting;
- Swelling or redness at the injection site;
- Tired feeling;
Ask your personal health care provider if you may take other drugs during your treatment with Zoledronic acid.
Zoledronic Other Brand Names
In some countries Zoledronic may also be known as: