What is Reclast?
Reclast (zoledronic acid) is a bisphosphonate drug used for the treatment of osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak, fragile bones. This prescription medication is also used for treating Paget’s disease of the bone, for preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and for treating hypercalcemia (high blood calcium levels) related to cancer. People who are taking steroids are at risk for osteoporosis and may benefit from Reclast injections, too.
How Does Reclast Work?
Reclast belongs to the bisphosphonate group of drugs, which prevent bone loss and reduce calcium released from the bones. Reclast binds to bone cells called osteoclasts, which are involved in the normal process of bone breakdown. This results in reducing the rate of bone loss and in promoting normal bone formation.
How is it Used?
Reclast is given by a healthcare provider by injection into a vein, usually for about one hour. Its dosage is based on the patient’s medical condition, kidney function, and individual response to treatment.
For patients with high blood calcium levels, intravenous fluids are usually given before the medication is injected. Patients are instructed to drink plenty of fluids during treatment to decrease prevent kidney problems.
For patients with osteoporosis, the drug is given once a year, and once every two years for the prevention of the condition.
To ensure adequate bone formation, vitamin D and calcium supplementation are recommended after treatments.