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ZometaGeneric name: Zoledronic acid
Trade name: Zometa
Drug type: Zoledronic acid is a type of bisphosphonate drug. Doctors use it to treat cancers affecting the bone, most commonly
You may also have zoledronic acid to treat high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcaemia), which can occur with secondary bone cancer.
Zoledronic acid is a clear liquid that goes into your vein as a drip (infusion). You have the drip through either a
The drip usually lasts for about 15 minutes, but you may have it over a longer period.
You may have zoledronic acid
We have listed the possible side effects of zoledronic acid below. There is general information about bisphosphonates in the cancer treatment section of CancerHelp UK.
Common side effects
Many people have one or more of these side effects
Occasional side effects
Rare side effects
Important points to remember
The side effects above may be mild or more severe. A side effect may get better or worse through your course of treatment, or more side effects may develop as the course goes on. This depends on
Some side effects are inconvenient or upsetting but not damaging to your health.
Some side effects are serious medical conditions and need treating. Where we have urged you to contact your doctor, this is because
Tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking, including vitamins, herbal supplements and other over the counter remedies – some drugs can react together.
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse about all your side effects so that they can help you manage them.
Your chemotherapy nurse, clinic or ward nurse will give you a contact number. You can ring if you have any questions or problems. They can give you advice or reassure you. If in doubt, call them.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:04|