Judd, see my answer below Lene's reply, on your question. Good luck!
Reclast is used for the treatment of osteoporosis. You've posted your question on the rheumatoid arthritis site, where we focus on that particular condition. I recommend you pop over to our excellent Osteoporosis site where there's lots of in-depth information about osteoporosis and treatments of that condition. Post your question in the Q&A section on that site or drop a note to the Community Leader Pam Flores. I'll also give her a heads up that you're looking for information about this topic.
Hi Judd, be sure to read the presribing information from Novartis, regarding a Reclast infusion. I'm from the osteoporosis site and Lene asked me to answer this question for her.
It is really important to have a kidney function test prior to the infusion, and to be well hydrated prior to receiving the drug. Follow the instructions in the prescribing information (PI) above for the amounts of water that should be consumed several days prior to the infusion and "following."
There can be some side effects from this, but the most common are flue-like symptoms, joint/bone pain and a mild fever.
Check to see that you did get a creatininie clearance test (kidney function) and that your score is "above" 35 mL/min because those below 35 or with renal impairment are contraindicated for this medication.
Another important factor before receiving this is to make sure your calcium and D levels are normal, or the medication may not work as well as it should. In the PI it mentions to correct Ca and D prior to this administration.
Best of luck and if you need more information on osteoporosis see osteoporosisconnection.com