How long do you stay on Zometa?

How long do you stay on Zometa?

Zoledronic acid is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet changes and taking calcium and vitamin supplements. Follow your doctor’s instructions very closely. Your doctor will determine how long to treat you with this medicine. Zoledronic acid is often given for only 3 to 5 years.

What does Zometa do to your body?

It lowers high blood calcium levels by reducing the amount of calcium released from your bones into your blood. It also works by slowing the breakdown of your bones by cancer to prevent bone fractures.

How often is Zometa infusion given?

Both Zometa and Aredia are given intravenously, usually every 4 weeks. A study suggests that after being treated with the regular dose of Zometa and/or Aredia for a year, women with bone metastases can get Zometa every 12 weeks and still get the same benefits from the medicine while reducing their risk of side effects.

Does Zometa affect your teeth?

A dental condition called jaw osteonecrosis has been reported in some patients being treated with Zometa or with other drugs in the same class as Zometa. You may need to have dental treatments completed before starting it.

When should I stop taking Zometa?

If you have bone, joint, or muscle pain while receiving Zometa, talk with your doctor. They can recommend treatments that may help. If you have severe pain, your doctor may suggest that you stop receiving Zometa.

Does Zometa cause weight gain?

Tell your doctor right away if you have agitation, blood in the urine, confusion, decreased urine output, depression, dizziness, headache, irritability, lethargy, muscle twitching, nausea, rapid weight gain, seizures, stupor, swelling of the face, ankles, or hands, or unusual tiredness or weakness.

Can I stop taking Zometa?

Zometa should be discontinued if this occurs. May interact with some other medicines such as aminoglycosides or calcitonin (may have an additive calcium-lowering effect), loop diuretics (an additive sodium-lowering effect) as well as other drugs that may also adversely affect the kidneys.

Does Zometa make your hair fall out?

Hair loss can occur with Zometa use. Hair loss can also occur with cancer treatments that you may have with Zometa.

What is the first line treatment for hypocalcemia?

A calcium infusion is indicated for severe acute and or symptomatic hypocalcemia, while the standard mainstays of oral therapy are calcium supplements and activated vitamin D metabolites.

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