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Zometa

What is Zometa

Zometa inhibits the release of calcium from bones.

Zometa is used to treat high levels of calcium in the blood associated with malignancy (cancer), multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer), and bone metastases from solid tumors.

Zometa may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Zometa

Do not take Zometa without first talking to your doctor if your have had an allergic reaction to Zometa or another similar medication such as alendronate (Fosamax), etidronate (Didronel), pamidronate (Aredia), risedronate (Actonel), or tiludronate (Skelid).

A dental examination with appropriate preventive dentistry should be considered before starting treatment with Zometa. This is especially important if you:
- have poor dental health;
- have cancer;
- are receiving chemotherapy; or
- are taking corticosteroids.

What you should find out before taking Zometa

Do not take Zometa without first talking to your doctor if your have had an allergic reaction to Zometa or another similar medication such as alendronate (Fosamax), etidronate (Didronel), pamidronate (Aredia), risedronate (Actonel), or tiludronate (Skelid).

Before taking Zometa, tell your doctor if you have:
- aspirin-sensitive asthma;
- liver disease; or
- kidney disease.

You may not be able to take Zometa, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

A dental examination with appropriate preventive dentistry should be considered before starting treatment with Zometa. This is especially important if you:
- have poor dental health;
- have cancer;
- are receiving chemotherapy; or
- are taking corticosteroids.

Zometa is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Zometa without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether Zometa passes into breast milk. Do not take Zometa without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Zometa

A healthcare professional will administer Zometa by intravenous infusion.

Your doctor may want you to have regularly scheduled blood tests and other medical evaluations during treatment with Zometa to monitor progress and side effects.

Your healthcare provider will store Zometa as directed by the manufacturer.

If you miss a dose:

Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of Zometa.

What happens if you overdose:

If for any reason an overdose of Zometa is suspected, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately.

The symptoms of a Zometa overdose are not known.

Avoid while taking Zometa

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking Zometa unless your doctor directs otherwise.

Possible side effects of Zometa

Stop taking Zometa and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- kidney problems (detected by blood tests); or
- low levels of calcium, magnesium, or phosphorus in the blood (detected by blood tests).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Zometa and talk to your doctor if you experience
- flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, bone pain, or muscle or joint soreness or aches;
- stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or
- redness or swelling at the injection site.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Zometa

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- an aminoglycoside antibiotic such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab), netilmicin (Netromycin), paromomycin (Humatin), streptomycin, or tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobi); or
- a loop diuretic (water pill) such as furosemide (Lasix, Lo-Aqua, others), bumetanide ( Bumex), ethacrynic acid (Edecrin), or torsemide (Demadex).

You may not be able to take Zometa, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Zometa. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

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