Zometa, an intravenous bisphosphonate drug, helps treat a condition known as hypercalcemia. This condition is when there is too much calcium in the blood, which can take place due to certain types of cancers and other conditions. This drug is also used to treat a number of types of cancer and tumors.
As with many drugs, there are serious side effects that can be a result of using this medication during treatment. It can cause osteonecrosis, for example, which can cause the jaw to become exposed, lose functionality or even crumble in the face. This is a result of low calcium in the body, the opposite of what the drug is attempting to treat.
Hypocalcemia can be life-threatening in some cases, since it can lead to abnormal heart rhythms, numbness and seizures. Patients who don’t have enough calcium in the body may suffer from bone, joint or muscle pain.
The high risks of this drug have to be weighed with the risk of cancers spreading or causing other side effects from high calcium levels in the body. Patients need to be informed of all these risks before they are placed on this drug. Failing to tell patients about the risks is negligent and could lead to a malpractice lawsuit.
Patients who are on this medication and suffering from confusion, headaches, muscle twitching, nausea, and other serious side effects need to seek out medical treatment. The dosage may need to be adjusted rapidly to prevent hypocalcemia. If you suffer an injury because a doctor doesn’t listen to your concerns or hasn’t informed you of the risks of this drug, then you’re in a position where you could claim that your medical provider was negligent.