by on July 26, 2012
Brand Names:Reclast, Zometa
Generic name:zoledronic acid
Pregnancy Category:C
Half-life:146 hours

What is Reclast ?

Reclast (zoledronic acid) is a biphosphonate drug which treats osteoporosis by binding to bone cells and slowing down their rate of deterioration. While doing this, it is also able to help the body to rebuild bone mass which has already been lost to disease.

This drug is only able to be administered by a doctor or other qualified healthcare practitioner because of the fact that certain precautions need to be taken with regards to patients who suffer from kidney disease or thyroid disorders.

Reclast Uses

ReclastReclast is available either as an injection or as a single dose intravenous (IV) treatment which is administered once a year. It has also received approval to be used as a preventative treatment against osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Those suffering from Paget’s disease can also be treated successfully with this medication.

Patients who suffer from low blood calcium levels need to exercise caution when using Reclast and should use a high dose of Vitamin D3 and calcium in conjunction with the Reclast. It is also important to continue with the Vitamin D3 and calcium supplements for at least two weeks after having the Reclast treatment in order to receive the maximum benefit of this medication.

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