Aclasta is a Medication used to treat Osteoporosis by an intravenous infusion. The clinic is recognized as a Center of Excellence for these treatments.
How does Aclasta work? What will it do for me?
Zoledronic acid belongs to the family of medications known as bisphosphonates. It is used to treat Paget’s disease of the bone. It is also used to reduce the rate of fractures for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Normally, the body maintains a balance between the processes of breaking down bone and building it up. In Paget’s disease and osteoporosis, this balance becomes disturbed so that too much bone is being broken down. Zoledronic acid works by restoring the balance between the rate of bone breakdown and buildup.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
It is recommended that people taking this medication take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent low blood calcium levels. Your doctor will recommend a dose of these supplements based on your needs.
On the day of the infusion, it is important to drink at least 500 mL (2 cups) of fluids before and after the treatment.
Who should NOT take Aclasta?
Zoledronic acid should not be used by anyone who:
- is allergic to zoledronic acid, any bisphosphonate medication.
- is pregnant
- is breast-feeding
- has low blood calcium levels that have not been corrected
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.