ZOLNISH Zoledronic Acid
4mg Lyophilized Powder for Injection
For Intravenous infusion
Zoledronic Acid is used to prevent or treat osteoporosis (condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (‘change of life,’ end of regular menstrual periods). Zoledronic Acid is also used to treat osteoporosis in men, and to prevent or treat osteoporosis in men and women who are taking glucocorticoids (a type of corticosteroid medication that may cause osteoporosis). Zoledronic Acid is also used to treat Paget’s disease of bone (a condition in which the bones are soft and weak and may be deformed, painful, or easily broken). Zoledronic Acid is used to treat high levels of calcium in the blood that may be caused by certain types of cancer. Zoledronic Acid is also used along with cancer chemotherapy to treat bone damage caused by multiple myeloma [cancer that begins in the plasma cells (white blood cells that produce substances needed to fight infection)] or by cancer that began in another part of the body but has spread to the bones. Zoledronic Acid is not cancer chemotherapy, and it will not slow or stop the spread of cancer. However, it can be used to treat bone disease in patients who have cancer. Zoledronic Acid is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. It works by slowing bone breakdown, increasing bone density (thickness), and decreasing the amount of calcium released from the bones into the blood.
Zoledronic Acid comes as a solution (liquid) to inject into a vein over at least 15 minutes. It is usually injected by a healthcare provider in a doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. When Zoledronic Acid injection is used to treat high blood levels of calcium caused by cancer it is usually given as a single dose. A second dose may be given at least 7 days after the first dose if blood calcium does not drop to normal levels or does not remain at normal levels. When Zoledronic Acid injection is used to treat bone damage caused by multiple myeloma or cancer that has spread to the bones, it is usually given once every 3 to 4 weeks. When Zoledronic acid injection is used to treat osteoporosis in women who have undergone menopause, or in men, or to treat or prevent osteoporosis in people who are taking glucocorticoids, it is usually given once a year. When Zoledronic Acid is used to prevent osteoporosis in women who have undergone menopause, it is usually given once every 2 years. When Zoledronic Acid is used to treat Paget’s disease of bone, it is usually given as a single dose, but additional doses may be given after some time has passed.
Be sure to drink at least 2 glasses of water or another liquid within a few hours before you receive Zoledronic Acid.
Your doctor may prescribe or recommend a calcium supplement and a multivitamin containing vitamin D to take during your treatment. You should take these supplements every day as directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if there is any reason that you will not be able to take these supplements during your treatment.
You may experience a reaction during the first few days after you receive a dose of Zoledronic Acid injection. Symptoms of this reaction may include flu-like symptoms, fever, headache, chills, and bone, joint or muscle pain. These symptoms may begin during the first 3 days after you receive a dose of Zoledronic Acid injection and may last 3 to 14 days. Your doctor may tell you to take a nonprescription pain reliever/fever reducer after you receive Zoledronic Acid injection to prevent or treat these symptoms.
If you are receiving Zoledronic Acid injection to prevent or treat osteoporosis, you must continue to receive the medication as scheduled even if you are feeling well. You should talk to your doctor from time to time about whether you still need to be treated with this medication.