It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits after you have received zoledronic acid injection. If your condition has improved, your progress must still be checked. The results of laboratory tests or the occurrence of certain symptoms will tell your doctor if your condition is coming back and if a second treatment is needed. You will need a yearly dose of this medicine if you are being treated for postmenopausal osteoporosis, so check with your doctor regularly.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
You should not use other medicines that also contain zoledronic acid, such as Reclast® or Zometa®. Using these medicines together may increase your chance for more serious side effects.
This medicine may rarely cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash; itching; hoarseness; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after receiving the medicine.
This medicine may cause low calcium in your blood. Check with your doctor immediately if you have numbness or tingling around the mouth, or if you have muscle spasms.
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. These could be symptoms of serious kidney problems.
Your doctor will need to know if you have a history of problems with your mouth or teeth (e.g., gum disease). Make sure your doctor knows if you have been treated with a bisphosphonate medicine, such as alendronate (Fosamax®), etidronate (Didronel®), pamidronate (Aredia®), risedronate (Actonel®), or tiludronate (Skelid®) in the past.
You may need to have a dental exam before you start using this medicine.
It is important that you check with your doctor before having any dental procedures or surgeries done while you are receiving zoledronic acid. Tell your doctor right away if you have jaw tightness, swelling, numbing, or pain or a loose tooth. This could be symptoms of a severe problem of your jaw.
Make sure you tell your doctor about any new medical problems, especially with your teeth or jaws. Tell your doctor if you have severe muscle, bone, or joint pain after receiving this medicine.
This medicine may increase your risk of developing fractures of the thigh bone. This may be more common if you use it for a long time. Check with your doctor right away if you have a dull or aching pain in the thighs, groin, or hips.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription (e.g., other medicines that also contain zoledronic acid) or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.