Getting Ready for Your Child’s Zolendronic Acid (Reclast, Zometa)
The first infusion of a medicine called
Zolendronic Acid is given at the American
Family Children’s Hospital with an
overnight (23 hour) stay.
After that they are given every 6 months in
the pediatric diagnostic and procedure center
at the American Family Children’s Hospital.
To get ready for each infusion your child
takes these medicines for 7 days before.
1. Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D)
2. Calcium supplement
___________mg three times daily
The day of the infusion
ξ Your child will have an intravenous
IV placed and blood work done
before the infusion starts.
ξ Acetaminophen and/ or ibuprofen is
given before the infusion and every 6
hours in the hospital and the first day
ξ The medicine is given through the IV
over about 1 hour
ξ During the first infusion it is likely
that your child will have flu-like
ξ symptoms such as fever, chills
muscle aches, body aches, joint or
bone pain, or headaches, lasting 1-2
days. It is uncommon to have these
symptoms for future infusions.
ξ Blood work is done at your local
clinic every 3 months
A bone density scan is ordered by
your doctor to monitor effects of the
medicine and if your child has bone
pain or a broken bone.
Infusions and clinic visits
Zolenronic Acid infusions are done every 6
months in the pediatric diagnostic and
ξ Each year one of your child’s
infusions is coordinated with an
appointment in the pediatric bone
ξ During the other infusion a
nephrology provider will see your
child in the pediatric diagnostic and
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