Bisphosphonates for Metastatic Cancer
What To Think About
Bisphosphonates are not usually recommended for people with severe kidney disease. Your doctor will test your kidney function before prescribing bisphosphonates, especially if you are considering zoledronic acid (Zometa).
If you are considering a bisphosphonate that is taken by mouth, be sure to tell your doctor if you have ever had serious heartburn or problems with your esophagus (the tube that connects your throat to your stomach).
Your doctor may suggest that you take Reference calcium Opens New Window and Reference vitamin D Opens New Window supplements while taking bisphosphonates to help keep your bones strong. But be sure to talk with your doctor before taking a vitamin or mineral supplement, because some minerals can interfere with the way these drugs work.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology