Compare Reclast vs. Calcitonin

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Reclast
(zoledronate)

Miacalcin
(calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Reclast (zoledronate) is a good choice for osteoporosis if you aren't able to take bisphosphonates by mouth. It is available as a generic, but you have to see a doctor to get each dose.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Reclast
28%
of people (All ages) say Reclast is worth it
28%
say it works well
36%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
ReclastCalcitonin
  • Joint pain 4%
  • Fever 13%
  • High blood pressure 1%
  • Muscle aches 8%
  • Headache 4%
  • Pain in arms or legs 1%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Influenza-like illness 6%
  • Pain 20%
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How it works
ReclastCalcitonin
Reclast (zoledronate) is a bisphosphonate. It slows down the cells that break down bone. This results in greater bone mass, and lowers the possibility of fractures.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ReclastCalcitonin
Prescription only
Available as
ReclastCalcitonin
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
Used for
ReclastCalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Pagets Disease Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ReclastCalcitonin
  • Oral or dental surgery
  • Cancer
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Low parathyroid hormone
  • History of thyroid surgery
Detailed Reclast (zoledronate) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    ReclastCalcitonin
    • People on Reclast (zoledronate) have had breakdown of the jawbone. However, it is rare. It is more likely to happen if you have oral or dental surgery, or if you have poor oral hygiene. If you notice pain or swelling in your jaw, talk to your doctor right away. Also, before any oral/dental procedure, tell your surgeon that you are taking Reclast (zoledronate).
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    ReclastCalcitonin
    • It can't be used if you have really poor kidney function.
    • Reclast (zoledronate) can cause kidney injury, especially in people who already have problems with their kidneys. It is important that you get blood tests done before each dose to measure your kidney function. Reclast (zoledronate) shouldn’t be used in people who have very poor kidney function.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    ReclastCalcitonin
    • Joint pain and muscle pain are common side effects after the infusion.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ReclastCalcitonin
    • Available in generic.
    • Depending on what you're using it for, you may only need to take it as a one-time dose, or every 1 to 2 years.
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    Downsides and risks
    ReclastCalcitonin
    • You have to go to your doctor's office or an infusion center to get each dose by IV infusion.
    • It can't be used if you have really poor kidney function.
    • Joint pain and muscle pain are common side effects after the infusion.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ReclastCalcitonin
    • Eat normally and drink at least 2 glasses of liquid before your infusion.
    • You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to lower fever and chills from the infusion.
    • Talk to your doctor if you develop swelling, pain, or soreness in your jaw.
    • Call your doctor if you develop pain in your hips, thighs, or legs.
    • If you have to have dental or oral surgery, tell your surgeon that you're taking this medication.
    • Drink plenty of liquids while you're on this medicine.
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