This medication is typically used as part of chemotherapy. It may also be used for Paget's disease, for hypercalcemia of malignancy (too much calcium in the blood due to certain cancers), as well as for other uses. It requires several days to take effect.Find a Pharmacy
Once diluted, this medication is usually administered into a vein (intravenously) over a number of hours by a health professional.
In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:
- it may decrease your appetite;
- it may cause bone pain;
- it may cause unusual tiredness;
- it may cause headaches;
- it may cause difficulty breathing;
- it may cause nausea or, rarely, vomiting.
Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.
As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate or allow it to freeze. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.
A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.
When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:
- Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
- If you're pregnant or want to become pregnant, or if you're breastfeeding;
- If you use tobacco or cannabis or its derivatives, or if you use recreational drugs;
- The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.