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Reclast (zoledronic acid)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Osteoporosis Slideshow Pictures Super Foods for Your Bones Slideshow Pictures Take the Osteoporosis Quiz GENERIC NAME: zoledronic acidBRAND NAME: Reclast

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

USES:

Reclast is used for treatment of osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women as well as Paget's disease. It also is used to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and treatment of steroid-induced osteoporosis.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most common adverse reactions of Reclast include:

Fever Bone pain Muscle pain Headache Nausea Fatigue Constipation Anemia Pain in hands Pain in the feet

Other side effects include:

Headache Joint pain Dizziness Insomnia Urinary tract infection Anxiety Low levels of phosphate Low levels of potassium Low blood pressure Low magnesium blood levels

Possible serious side effects include:

Severe bone, joint, and muscle pain may occur. Low calcium levels may occur if calcium and vitamin D intake is not adequate. Reduced kidney function after administration of Reclast has occurred. Patients may experience jaw problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) associated with delayed healing and infection after tooth extraction. Bone, joint, and muscle pain also occur and low-trauma femoral fractures have been reported.

Other important but rare side effects include cases of severe allergic reactions involving:

Shock Swelling of tongue Throat Closure of airways

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