Generic Name(s): zoledronic acid
Drug Class: Bisphosphonates
Treats: Multiple Myeloma
Zometa (zoledronic acid) helps to treat multiple myeloma by preventing the loss of bone mass. The drug is part of the bisphosphonates drug class. Bisphosphonates are used to prevent loss of bone mass in a variety of medical conditions.
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Zometa is a bisphosphonate that helps to prevent loss of bone mass caused by certain medical conditions. The drug is used to treat multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is cancer that starts in the bone marrow plasma cells.
Multiple myeloma cancer cells interfere with the healthy bone cells. Zometa prevents the calcium from being released from the bones to help control the levels of calcium caused by cancer.
Below you will find the different uses for Zometa:
- Multiple Myeloma
Zometa dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Zometa is administered intravenously. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
- 4mg intravenously over 15 minutes
- 3mg to 4mg over 15 minutes
Hypercalcemia of Malignancy
Zometa Side Effects
While taking Zometa, individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
More Common Zometa Side Effects:
- Back, stomach pain
- Bladder pain
- Bone pain
- Ear, nasal congestion
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of voice
- Swelling in the mouth
- Weight loss
Less Common Zometa Side Effects:
- Sour stomach
- Upset stomach
- Wrinkled skin
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Chest pain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Weight gain
- Unusual bleeding
If combined with other medications, individuals may experience serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking Zometa. Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Zometa. Note, this list does not include all possible drug interactions.