Q-1 Why are bones important?
A-Bones are important. They give us our shape, allow muscles to work, protect vital organs & provide a bank of calcium for the body to use when needed.
Q-2 What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis?
A- Initially, Osteoporosis does not manifest any symptoms, however on a later stage, the bones become fragile & begin to break.
Q-3 Is there a test to find out if I have Osteoporosis?
A- A bone density test, which determines your actual bone mass, is the best way to identify Osteoporosis. The most widely recognized bone density test is called DEXA test. it measures bone density at your hip & spine, two of the most common sites of fractures.
Q-4 How frequently should I be tested for Osteoporosis?
A- Your doctor may order a bone density test during your treatment for Osteoporosis. A follow-up may be done about two years after the first one.
Q-5 What is Postmenopausal Osteoporosis?
A- Postmenopausal Osteoporosis is thinning & weakening of bones caused in women after menopause.
Q-6 Does Postmenopausal Osteoporosis run in families?
A-Yes, Osteoporosis & susceptibility to bone fracture may be hereditary. Research by World Health Organization has shown that we Indians are at an increased risk of having fractures if one of our parents has suffered a hip fracture.
Q-7 Can you have Postmenopausal Osteoporosis & no symptoms?
A-Yes, in fact, Osteoporosis is sometimes called “The Silent Thief”. It quietly robs your bone strength over time, making them so weak that they can break easily.
Q-8 Why is it important to treat Postmenopausal Osteoporosis?
A- It is very important to treat Postmenopausal Osteoporosis, to increase bone density & help protect yourself from fractures.
Q-9 How does one dose of Zolephos work for a full year?
A-One annual 15-minutes intravenous treatment of Zolephos travels through your bloodstream, with the majority going to bones. Zolephos has been proven to bind with bones & stay where its needed to help provide year long protection from fractures. Rest of the drug leaves the body within days of treatment.
Q-10 Is Zoledronic Acid 5mg proven to work?
A-The bone protection with Zoledronic Acid has been proven in a clinical trial with more than 7,700 patients over 3 years. In this study, Zoledronic Acid was found to increase bone density & reduce the risk of hip, spine & other fractures.
Q-11 If I am already taking an oral Osteoporosis treatment, can I receive once-a-year Zolephos?
A- Zolephos may be used instead of other Osteoporosis medications. Ask your doctor if Zolephos is right for you.
Q-12 What problem will I get after taking Zoledronic Acid?
A- It's important to drink fluids before getting Zoledronic Acid to help prevent kidney problems. The most common side effects include flu-like symptoms, fever, muscle or joint pain, headache, nausea, vomiting & diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you have dental problems because rarely, problems with the jaw have been reported with Zoledronic Acid. Discuss all medicines you are taking, including prescription & non-prescription drugs, vitamins, & herbal supplements. If you develop severe bone, joint or muscle pain, numbness, tingling or muscle spasm, contact your doctor.
Q-13 If I have kidney problems, can I take Zoledronic Acid?
A-If you have kidney problems, Zoledronic Acid may not be right for you. Talk to your doctor.
Q-14 Have jawbone problems been reported with Zoledronic Acid?
A-Tell your doctor if you have dental problems or are planning dental surgery because rarely jawbone problems have been reported with Zoledronic Acid.
Q-15 What precautions should I take while taking Zolephos ?
A- You should not take Zolephos
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any other bisphosphonates
- If you have hypocalcaemia (this means that the levels of calcium in your blood are too low)
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- If you are breast-feeding
- Take special care with Zolephos
- Tell your doctor before you are given Zolephos
- If you are being treated with any other bisphosphonates
- If you have a kidney problems, or used to have one
- If you are unable to take daily calcium supplements
- If you have had some or all of the parathyroid glands in your neck surgically removed
- If you have had sections of your intestine removed