IV Reclast and Zometa are Zolendronate Part 2

May 5, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

Reclast is the version of Zolendronate used for Osteoporosis treatment.  I do not do cancer treatment, so I will not discuss Zometa here other than to say that it is used successfully to slow or stop the spread of metastatic cancer which has spread to bone.  All warnings about Reclast apply to Zometa.

Reclast is given once a year by a 20-30 minute long infusion.  You need to be lying down for the infusion.  You need to be monitored for a full hour.  This needs to be done at an infusion center.

IV Reclast and Zometa are Zolendronate Part 1

May 2, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

Reclast and Zometa are both Zolendronate, a bisphosphonate antiresorptive.  Because they are given as a shot into a vein (IV) they have no heartburn, GERD, esophagus or stomach issues.  This makes Zolendronate an antiresorptive which can be used if you have GERD.

IV Boniva

April 28, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

IV Boniva is the same medication (Ibandronate) as regular Boniva.  Because it is given as a shot into a vein (IV) it has no heartburn, GERD, esophagus or stomach issues.  This makes it an antiresorptive which can be used if you have GERD.

It takes less than a minute to give IV Boniva in the office with a total stay of about 15 minutes.

IV Bisphosphonates

April 25, 2011 @ 6:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

The IV Bisphosphonates are IV Boniva, Reclast and Zometa.  Reclast and Zometa are actually the same drug in different doses for different purposes.  Reclast is the one used for Osteoporosis.  These are all given by a shot into a vein (IV). 

IV Bisphosphonates were developed to be less irritating and to be more reliable than Oral Bisphosphonates.  They completely avoid the esophagus and stomach, so heartburn and reflux disease are not an issue.  They also avoid the possibility of poor absorption from the stomach.  If you take an IV Bisphosphonate, you know that you have the medicine on board and that you are protecting your bones.