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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking pamidronate if you have:
 
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Pamidronate to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

Pamidronate belongs to a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates are most commonly used to treat osteoporosis, but some can be used to treat other conditions. Pamidronate works to prevent or delay broken bones (fractures) or other bone damage by slowing the destruction that occurs with Paget's disease and cancer and by fighting the abnormal cells that cause bone to wear away.
 
When cancer causes bone destruction, large amounts of calcium are released into the bloodstream, leading to high calcium levels (hypercalcemia). This can be very dangerous. By slowing down the breakdown of bone, pamidronate helps to treat high calcium levels caused by cancer.
 
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