Zometa Osteoporosis information. Zometa is the marketing name of zoledronic acid, a drug prescribed to persons who have had cancer. It was approved for use with patients who have bone metastases from cancer. Zometa can prevent, delay and even treat complications – including pain and mobility problems. This drug has also been been studied as a once-a-year treatment for women who develop Osteoporosis after menopause. That is why it is included on this site.
Zometa belongs to the bisphosphonate class of drugs. Actonel, Boniva, Clodronate, Fosamax, Minodronate Reclast (Aclasta) are other bisphosphonate drugs. (If you want to read about any of these other bisphosphonates you can do so by clicking on the drug's name: Actonel ,Boniva, Clondronate , Fosamax ,Minodronate, Reclast/Aclasta.
All these drugs work by binding to the mineral surface of your bone and they interfere with the work of osteoclasts. (The bone cells that remove 'old' bone.) And if old bone is not removed, then your bones show up as 'denser' on a bone density test.
Note: You have probably read or seen on news reports that some who have used bisphosophonates for several years have suffered sudden fractures. Some think that these fractures happen because the bones have too much 'old bone'.... bone the body would normally remove if the person was not taking a bisphosphonate drug.
Zometa is manufactured by Novartis, one of the world's largest drug companies. Concerning it use with cancer patients, the company says that Zometa is the only bisphosphonate "effective and approved in preventing SREs in multiple tumor types, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, multiple myeloma and other solid tumor types."
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Source: Novartis, the company that makes this drug. I know that some of you like to read the scientific studies about things. One study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. To read it just click Zometa Osteoporosis information (zolendronic acid) Once yearly treatment for Osteoporosis
Finally, the maker of this drug offers a page of useful information about the drug and its place in CANCER treatments. You can read that here: Zometa Osteoporosis information for those with cancer
Special update. In recent years there have been reports of serious side effects (and some lawsuits) from patients who used bisphonsphantes long term. Do discuss possible 'osteonecrosis' with your physician if you are considering this drug as an Osteoporosis treatment.
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