Reclast

(zoledronate)

3.1/ 5 average rating with 39 reviewsforReclast
Skip to: drug prices sectionSkip to: what to expect sectionSkip to: side effects sectionSkip to: risks and warnings sectionSkip to: common concerns from users and pharmacists
ADVERTISEMENT

Prevents bone loss.

Skip Upsides & Downsides section. Skip to side effects section.

Our bottom line

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.

Lowest price near you
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $49.20
Quick facts about Reclast
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zoledronate)

Upsides

  • 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.
Get the newsletter!

Sign up and get Pill Talk, the latest in health & medicine news from Iodine

Get our free fact sheet

What to expect from Reclast, on one page

Download Fact Sheet
People’s experience with Reclast

39reviews so far. What do you think?

Downsides

  • 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.
Get the newsletter!

Sign up and get Pill Talk, the latest in health & medicine news from Iodine

Get our free fact sheet

What to expect from Reclast, on one page

Download Fact Sheet
How it works

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.

Quick facts about Reclast
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zoledronate)

Dosage forms

  • Injection
People’s experience with Reclast

39reviews so far. What do you think?

Prices and coupons

Skip prices section. Skip to what to expect section.
Prices and coupons for 1 (5ml-of-4mg-5ml) vial of zoledronic acid near
Sign up now for a 30-day trial and save up to 95% at CVS, Kroger, Albertsons, and other pharmacies.
Learn more
See more prices and coupons in your area

What to expect when you take Reclast (zoledronate) for Osteoporosis

Skip what to expect section. Skip to side effects section.
  • First few daysDays
    First few weeksWeeks
    First few monthsMonths
    Long term
  • Effectiveness
  • Starts to kick in
    Full effects
  • First few daysDays
    First few weeksWeeks
    First few monthsMonths
    Long term
  • Possible side effects
  • Muscle aches
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Influenza-like illness
  • Nausea
  • Fever
Skip side effects section. Skip to risks and warnings section.

Side effect rates for Reclast (zoledronate)

From 301 clinical trials of Reclast when taken for osteoporosis (men) (5 mg- once per year)
  • Muscle aches
    20%20%
    7%7%
  • Fatigue
    18%18%
    6%6%
  • Headache
    15%15%
    6%6%
  • Muscle pain
    12%12%
    11%11%
  • Pain
    12%12%
    4%4%
  • Chills
    10%10%
    3%3%
  • Influenza-like illness
    9%9%
    2%2%
  • Stomach pain
    8%8%
    4%4%
  • Shortness of breath
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Feeling unwell
    7%7%
    1%1%
  • Musculoskeletal stiffness
    5%5%
  • Lack of energy
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Atrial fibrillation
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Palpitations
    3%3%
  • Excessive sweating
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Eye pain
    2%2%
  • Lower kidney function
    2%2%
    1%1%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Reclast.

Reclast (zoledronate)
Placebo

People taking Reclast felt side effect more

People taking Reclast felt side effect less

No difference

Risks and Warnings for Reclast (zoledronate)

Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
  • People on Reclast (zoledronate) have had severe pain in their bones and muscles. However, this is very rare. Talk to your doctor if this happens to you.

Common concerns from people taking Reclast (zoledronate)

Final section. Do you want to return to drug navigation?
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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Reclast
DWeigh risks vs. benefits
Food
  • 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).
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
  • It can't be used if you have really poor kidney function.
Pain
  • Joint pain and muscle pain are common side effects after the infusion.
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Reclaston 6/21/2017Intense bone pain during the infusion
    63
    Woman
    A year or so
    Osteoporosis