Reclast (zoledronic acid)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What brand names are available for zoledronic acid?


Is zoledronic acid available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for zoledronic acid?


What are the uses for zoledronic acid?

What are the side effects of zoledronic acid?

The most common adverse reactions of Reclast include:

Other side effects include:

Possible serious side effects include:

  • Severe bone, joint, and muscle pain may occur.
  • Low calcium levels may occur if calcium and vitamin D intake is not adequate.
  • Reduced kidney function after administration of Reclast has occurred.
  • Patients may experience jaw problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw) associated with delayed healing and infection after tooth extraction.
  • Bone, joint, and muscle pain also occur and low-trauma femoral fractures have been reported.

Other important but rare side effects include cases of severe allergic reactions involving:

  • Shock
  • Swelling of tongue
  • Throat
  • Closure of airways
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/13/2016

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