Brand Name: Zometa�
Active Ingredient: zoledronic acid
Strength(s): 4 mg vial
Dosage Form(s): Injection
Company Name: Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation
Availability: Prescription only
*Date Approved by FDA:August 20, 2001
*Approval by FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time.

What is Zometa used for?

Zometa is used to treat patients with high blood levels of calcium (hypercalcemia) caused by cancerous tumors. Zometa has not been studied in patients who have high blood levels of calcium caused by an overactive parathyroid gland or conditions not related to cancerous tumors.

Who should not be treated with Zometa?

Do not use Zometa if you are allergic to bisphosphonates or to any of the ingredients in Zometa.

What should I tell my health care provider?

Tell your health care provider if you:

* have or had kidney problems
* have asthma and are allergic to aspirin
* are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breastfeeding

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how Zometa works or Zometa may affect how your other medicines work.

What are some possible side effects of Zometa? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Zometa. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

Some common side effects with Zometa include:

* decreased kidney function
* fever
* flu-like symptoms consisting of fever, chills, and bone, joint or muscle pain
* nausea and vomiting
* redness and swelling at the injection site
* itching
* chest pain
* eye inflammation
* low blood levels of magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium

For more detailed information about Zometa, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.