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Certain side effects may occur with the use of Zometa; weight loss appears to be one of them. Since weight loss is a common problem in people with cancer, however, it is not known whether it is actually caused by Zometa or the cancer. If you are taking Zometa and weight loss occurs, notify your healthcare provider so he or she can offer recommendations.
Zometa® (zoledronic acid) is a prescription medication used to prevent bone problems or treat high blood calcium caused by cancer. Weight loss is one of the possible Zometa side effects.
In clinical studies, up to 16 percent of people taking Zometa to prevent bone problems due to cancer experienced weight loss, compared to 13 percent of people not taking the drug. This difference is small and may be due to chance. Most likely, weight loss in people taking Zometa is due to other factors, such as chemotherapy or radiation for cancer or even the cancer itself. Weight loss is a common problem among people with cancer. Usually, such weight loss is not desirable and may be caused by nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite.
While people taking Zometa often experience weight loss, it is likely that this weight loss is caused by other factors. If you are noticing bothersome weight loss while taking Zometa, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may recommend ways to slow or stop the weight loss.