Q. What is Zoleget Injection? What is it used for?
Zoleget Injection belongs to a class of medicines called bisphosphonates that prevents abnormal breakdown of the bones. Zoleget Injection is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis and fractures in people with metastatic cancer (a cancer which spreads to newer areas of the body). It may also be used to treat hypercalcemia (elevated blood calcium levels).
Q. How does Zoleget Injection work?
Zoleget Injection works by increasing the density of the bones which helps in preventing osteoporosis. In addition to that, it helps to treat high calcium levels in the blood caused due to secondary bone cancer. Also, it is helpful in treating metastasis of bone which is caused due to breast cancer.
Q. How long should I take Zoleget Injection?
Zoleget Injection should be taken in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. The medicine takes around 6 month to show its maximum benefits on bones. However, in some cases, the doctor may suggest Zoleget Injection for a longer duration. The exact duration will depend on the condition you are being treated for.
Q. How is Zoleget Injection administered?
Zoleget Injection should be administered by a trained healthcare professional or a doctor only and should not be self-administered. The dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for and will be decided by your doctor. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get maximum benefit from Zoleget Injection.
Q. Why can you not lie down after taking Zoleget Injection?
One should not lie down after taking Zoleget Injection as there is a possibility that the medication might come back up into the esophagus (food pipe). Due to this the esophagus may also get damaged. Staying upright will help the medicine to settle down quickly in your stomach and prevent side effects like heartburn and pain.
Q. Is Zoleget Injection safe?
Zoleget Injection is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.
Q. What other lifestyle changes should I make?
To get maximum benefit from Zoleget Injection, there are certain lifestyle changes that you must adhere to. Include some calcium or Vitamin D rich foods for bone strength. Try to spend more time in sunlight to get natural vitamin D. Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption as they may harm your bones. You can take up an exercise regime such as walking and low-impact aerobics as they are good for your bones. Similarly, you can try strength-training exercises where you use your own body weight which in turn improve bone health.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 3rd Jun 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.