Compare Reclast vs. Calcitonin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Reclast
(Zoledronate)

Miacalcin
(Calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Reclast (Zoledronate) is a first-choice treatment for osteoporosis and 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 (Zoledronate)
25%
of people (All ages) say Reclast (Zoledronate) is worth it
25%
say it works well
36%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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  • Pain 20%
  • Fever 17%
  • Rash 16%
  • Chills 15%
  • Muscle pain 13%
  • Pain in jaw 12%
  • Fatigue 12%
  • Nausea 10%
  • Headache 9%
  • Joint pain 8%
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How it works
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Reclast (Zoledronate) is a bisphosphonate. It slows down osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. This results in greater bone mass and lowers the possibility of fractures.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ReclastCalcitonin
BisphosphonatePrescription only
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Available as
ReclastCalcitonin
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
ReclastCalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Paget's disease Postmenopausal osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ReclastCalcitonin
    • Oral or dental surgery
    • Cancer
    • Poor oral hygiene
        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 reported breakdown of the jaw bone. This is rare. This can happen if you have oral or dental surgery, or if you have poor oral hygiene. If you notice pain, swelling or an infection in your jaw, talk to your doctor right away. Also, tell your surgeon that you are taking Reclast (Zoledronate).
        No food related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        ReclastCalcitonin
        • Available in generic.
        • You only have to take this once a year.
        Coming soon
        Downsides and risks
        ReclastCalcitonin
        • You have to go to your doctor's office or an infusion center to get each dose by IV infusion.
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        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        ReclastCalcitonin
        • Given as an intravenous infusion.
        • Eat normally and drink at least two glasses of liquid before your infusion.
        • Talk to your doctor if you develop swelling, pain, or a sore in your jaw.
        • Call your doctor if you develop pain in your hips, thighs or legs.
        • You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to lower fever and chills from the infusion.
        • 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 medication.
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