Aclasta (zoledronic acid) is a treatment for osteoporosis. It is given as an intravenous (into the vein) infusion. It takes about 15 minutes and one treatment lasts at least one year. For some people with osteoporosis, it is a very good alternative to taking tablets. Hamilton East Medical Centre provides an Aclasta service. If you think this maybe an option for you, please discuss it with your doctor.
What is Aclasta?
Aclasta is an annual 5mg, 15 minute intravenous infusion (into the vein) and is proven to strengthen your bones and help protect them from fracture. With Aclasta, you don’t have to remember to take weekly or monthly treatments because Aclasta protects you for an entire year!
Why is Aclasta different?
- The single dose provided increased your bone density, protecting and strengthening your bones for twelve months – the means no more weekly or monthly treatments.
- A single fifteen minute intravenous (into the vein) infusion treatment bypasses your digestivesystem and goes directly to your bones to make them stronger.
- Unlike oral medications there is no need to remain upright and wait to eat.
- In studies, Aclasta treatment was shown to protect your hip, spine, wrists and ribs.
- Studies show that women who miss half of their weekly medication receive minimal protection from fractures. With Aclasta, a single dose protects you for a whole year.
Your bones are made of living tissue and are constantly changing – new bone tissue is being made, replacing old bone tissue to keep your body strong. When you have osteoporosis your bones break down faster than your body is rebuilding them.
Over time the bones weaken enough that simple stresses can cause a fracture. The goal of osteoporosis treatment is to prevent further weakening of your bones and reduce the risk fractures.
How does Aclasta work?
By bypassing your digestive system Aclasta goes straight to the bone, increasing bone density and preventing the bone from breaking down too quickly. By reversing bone loss Aclasta makes your bone stronger, helping you to keep doing the things that make you …….YOU.
Is Aclasta proven to work?
The bone protection of Aclasta has been proven in a clinical trial with more than 7,700 patients over three years.
How does a single treatment of Aclasta work for a full year?
In a clinical study, one 5mg, 15 minute intravenous (into the vein) treatment of Aclasta was shown to adhere directly to your bones providing year long protection from fractures.
If I am already taking an oral treatment, can I take Aclasta?
A study showed that most women had no problems when making the switch from oral medications to Aclasta Ask your doctor is Aclasta is right for you.
What are the side effects?
In clinical trials, the most common side effects occurred in the days following the treatment and were mild to moderate.
Side effects may include:
- Fever and chills
- Pain in your muscles, joints and bones
- Fatigue, and