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Generic Name: Pamidronate (pam-ih-DROE-nate)
Brand Name: Aredia
Pamidronate is used for:
Treating high calcium levels in the blood due to cancer. It is also used to treat Paget disease of the bone and bone tumors caused by certain cancers. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Pamidronate is a bisphosphonate. It works by reducing normal and abnormal bone loss, which helps to maintain bone strength. This also helps to reduce the amount of calcium in the blood in situations in which the levels of blood calcium may be too high.
Do NOT use Pamidronate if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Pamidronate :
Some medical conditions may interact with Pamidronate . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pamidronate . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Pamidronate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Pamidronate :
Use Pamidronate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pamidronate .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Pamidronate :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include high fever; lightheadedness; muscle cramps or spasms; taste changes.Proper storage of Pamidronate :
Pamidronate is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Pamidronate at home, store Pamidronate as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Pamidronate . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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