zoledronic-acid

This medicine is a bisphosphonate used for treating and preventing osteoporosis (weak bones) in women who are past menopause. It is used to help build bone in men with osteoporosis and to reduce the risk of bone fractures due to osteoporosis. It is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in certain patients treated with corticosteroids (eg, prednisone). It may also be used to treat Paget disease or other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is a bisphosphonate used for treating and preventing osteoporosis (weak bones) in women who are past menopause. It is used to help build bone in men with osteoporosis and to reduce the risk of bone fractures due to osteoporosis. It is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in certain patients treated with corticosteroids (eg, prednisone). It may also be used to treat Paget disease or other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to any other bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate). LAB TESTS, including kidney function, complete blood cell counts, and blood electrolyte levels (eg, calcium, magnesium, phosphate), may be performed while you use this medicine. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Your doctor may also want to evaluate you periodically while you take this medicine to assess the need to continue treatment. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use this medicine with caution. DO NOT DRIVE OR PERFORM OTHER POSSIBLY UNSAFE TASKS until you know how you react to it. FOLLOW THE DIET AND EXERCISE PROGRAM given to you by your health care provider. Talk to your doctor about taking a calcium and vitamin D supplement while you use this medicine. Talk to your doctor about the use of weight-bearing exercises to help prevent weak bones. CERTAIN FRACTURES of the thigh bone (femur) have been reported in patients using bisphosphonates. It is unknown if bisphosphonates contributed to the fractures. Contact your doctor right away if you experience hip, thigh, or groin pain. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. YOU MAY DEVELOP FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, mild fever, muscle or joint aches, or headache after you receive this medicine. If this occurs, a mild pain reliever (eg, acetaminophen) may help to relieve these symptoms. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE JAW BONE PROBLEMS in some patients. Your risk may be greater if you have cancer, poor dental hygiene, ill-fitting dentures, or certain other conditions (eg, anemia, blood clotting problems, dental problems, infections). Your risk may also be greater if you have certain dental procedures or you use certain medicines or therapies (eg, chemotherapy, corticosteroids, radiation). Talk to your doctor about having a dental exam before you start to use this medicine. Ask your doctor any questions you may have about dental treatment while you use this medicine. PROPER DENTAL CARE IS IMPORTANT while you are taking this medicine. Brush and floss your teeth and visit the dentist regularly. CERTAIN DENTAL PROCEDURES SHOULD BE AVOIDED if possible while you are using this medicine. Check with your doctor and dentist before having any dental treatments while using this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Use this medicine with caution in the ELDERLY, especially those with kidney problems; they may be more sensitive its effects. FOR WOMEN: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are pregnant. IT MAY CAUSE HARM to the fetus. AVOID BECOMING PREGNANT while you are taking it. IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE PREGNANT, contact your doctor right away. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while you are using this medicine.
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