Meet The Once-Yearly Osteoporosis Treatment That Helps Protect You For An Entire Year!
Reclast is the only FDA approved osteoporosis treatment
One annual intravenous (IV) dose, along with daily calcium and vitamin D, helps strengthen your bones and protect them from fracture for twelve months
No other osteoporosis treatment is approved to help protect from fracture in more places, including hip, spine, even other bones
Reclast is approved for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Treatment takes at least 15 minutes and is given by a nurse or doctor
How Reclast Works
Your bones are made of living tissue and are always changing. New bone is formed, replacing old bone to keep your body strong. When you have osteoporosis, old bone breaks down faster than new bone can form. Bone loss speeds up around the time of menopause.
Reclast is a type of medicine called a bisphosphonate (bis-PHOS-pho-nate). It works to increase bone density.
Because it's an intravenous (IV) treatment, Reclast bypasses your digestive system, going to work to help protect you from fracture for 12 full months.
What Studies Show
Reclast is approved for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Reclast is proven to bind directly to bones to help provide year-long protection from fractures. The majority of the treatment goes to your bones and stays where it is needed. The rest of the drug leaves your body within days of treatment. Of course, only you and your doctor can decide if Reclast is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does one dose of Reclast work for a full year?
A. Reclast is proven to bind
directly to bones to help provide year-long protection from
fractures. The majority of a Reclast treatment goes to the
bones and stays where it is needed. The rest of the drug
leaves the body within days of treatment. Of course, only
you and your doctor can decide if Reclast is right for you.
Q. If I'm already taking an oral osteoporosis treatment, can I receive once-a-year Reclast?
A. Reclast may be used instead of
other prescription osteoporosis medications. Ask your doctor
if Reclast is right for you.
Q. Will my insurance pay for Reclast?
A. Reclast is covered by Medicare and most other health plans. Check with your insurance company for coverage information. If you don't have prescription coverage and can't afford your medicines, call 1-800-245-5356 or go to www.pap.novartis.com
What To Expect Before, During And After A Reclast Treatment
Before Your Treatment:
Your healthcare provider may order a simple blood test to check on your calcium and kidney function in order to make sure that Reclast is right for you.
Reclast is given by a nurse or doctor and the treatment takes at least 15 minutes, You may receive your infusion at your healthcare provider's office or they may refer you to an infusion center.
If you are being referred, make sure that your healthcare provider has sent your relevant medical records or that you take them with you.
What to expect on treatment day:
You should eat normally before your treatment. It's recommended that you drink 2 glasses of fluids, such as water, within a few hours before receiving Reclast.
Reclast will be administered by inserting a small needle into a vein. During your Reclast treatment, you can relax, read a book, flip through a magazine or listen to music.
What to expect after the treatment:
After you've received Reclast, you can resume your normal activities.
Doctors recommend that all women with osteoporosis take 1,200 mg of calcium and 400-800 IU of vitamin D daily.
The most common side effects include flu-like illness, fever, muscle or joint pain and headache. Most occur in the days following treatment. A mild pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may reduce these symptoms. After the second yearly treatment, these side effects were much less common.
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