zoledronic (Reclast, Zometa)
Esophagitis, esophageal ulceration
sit upright ambulate 30 min
abdominal pain, nausea,
diarrhea, constipation (all bisphosphonates)
blurred vision & eye pain
Risk for hyperparathyroidism at higher dose
Instructions for clients
Take first thing in the morning after getting out of bed.
Take an empty stomach
drinking at least 8 oz water w/tablets and @ least 2 oz H20 w/liquid
Sit or ambulate for 30 min after taking the medication.
Avoid all calcium-containing foods and liquids or any medications within 30 min
of taking alendronate.
Avoid chewing or sucking
Do weight-bearing exercises daily (walk 30 mins)
Notify the provider of difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing, and/or new or
Skipped dose wait until next day 30 minutes before eating breakfast
Do not take two tablets on the same day.
Consume adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D.
Tablets are prescribed once daily or once a week. Liquid form is prescribed
once a week.
Monitor the clients bone density: bone density scan every 12 to 18 months.
Monitor the clients serum calcium expected reference range 9 to 10.5 mg/dL.