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RECLAST®

[ZOLEDRONIC ACID INJECTION]

Reclast® is a bisphosphonate, which prevents bone loss in the body and increases bone density. Reclast is a prescription medication manufactured by Novartis. It has been shown to clinically reduce fractures of the spine, hip and other bones.


Reclast® is currently FDA-approved for treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in men and postmenopausal women, treatment and prevention of glucorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men and women and treatment of Paget’s disease in men and women.

Reclast® requires a valid prescription from your prescriber. OceanBreeze Healthcare can provide Reclast® as well as most of the supplies needed to administer Reclast®.

What form is Reclast® currently available?

Reclast® is available as a ready-to-infuse solution. Each vial of solution contains 5 mg dose of the active medicine, zoledronic acid monohydrate, in a 100ml bottle.

What are some potential side effects of Reclast®?

The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, fever, pain in your bones, joints or muscles, pain in your arms and legs, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Reclast can cause serious side effects including low calcium levels in your blood, severe kidney problems, sever jaw bone problems, and unusual bone fractures. Be sure to check with your doctor to evaluate for fracture if you experience thigh or groin pain.
Allergic reactions, such as hives or, in rare cases, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, are possible.
These are not all the possible side effects of Reclast. If you are experiencing any unwanted side effect(s) or have any specific questions or concerns regarding a side effect, contact your doctor or pharmacist. You may also report the side effect(s) to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Who should NOT use Reclast®?

Reclast® should be avoided by those who have had a hypersensitivity reaction to zoledronic acid or any of its ingredients. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have low blood calcium levels, or if you have evidence of acute kidney damage with creatinine clearance of less than 35 mL/min.

How do you administer Reclast®?

Reclast® is given by intravenous infusion. The drug should be prepared and administered by a healthcare professional. The infusion should last at least 15 minutes.

Before you receive Reclast®, drink at least 2 glasses of fluid (such as water) within a few hours as directed by your doctor.

You may eat prior to receiving Reclast® treatment.

Reclast® should be taken with vitamin D and calcium supplements to maintain normal calcium levels. Reclast® patients with low blood calcium levels are at a higher risk of Paget’s disease. Your doctor should check your calcium and vitamin D levels before starting Reclast®.

How do you store Reclast®?

Reclast® should be stored at room temperature at 77°F. Keep Reclast® in its original carton, and store away from direct light.

How long does Reclast® last?

Before opening, the Reclast® is stable until the indicated expiration date listed on the packaging. After opening, Reclast® is stable up to 24 hours at 36-46°F. If refrigerated, allow the refrigerated solution to reach room temperature before administration.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q:  Is there special instructions to prepare for my Reclast® infusion?
A:  Drink fluids, such as water, within few hours before receiving Reclast® infusion to help protect your kidney during       infusion, as directed by your doctor.
 
Q:  Are there any preservatives in Reclast®?
A:  No, Reclast® does not contain any preservatives.
 
Q:  How often do I take Reclast®?
A:  You should take Reclast® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In general, Reclast® is given as a single       infusion once every 12 months.
 

Manufacturer Website

http://www.reclast.com/index.jsp

Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. You should read carefully all product packaging. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

 
 

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