The FDA has also issued a new warning about a long-acting osteoporosis drug called Reclast. This medication is injected once a year to strengthen bones and prevent fractures. The FDA has received two dozen reports of serious kidney problems associated with Reclast. The agency advises against using this drug in patients with kidney problems and warns doctors to make sure that patients are properly hydrated before getting the infusion. Kidney function should be monitored both before and after giving Reclast.
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  1. JC
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    I have been diagnosed with third stage renal failure and I also have atrial fibrillation. Their is a question now about how can we treat the Afib since my kidneys are in bad shape. I took Forteo injections for 19months and a couple of years later I had Reclast infusion. The decline in my kidneys started after I had the Forteo and worsened after the Reclast. I feel sure that I will not be taking another Reclast injection.

  2. B.S.
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    My sister in her 50’s is in third stage kidney failure. The symptoms began while she was on Forteo injections. I saw a warning about kidney damage with Reclast but not with Forteo. However, based on her experience, I would never take Forteo injections. I would prefer osteoporosis to kidney failure.
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: No clinically important adverse renal effects were observed in clinical studies. WE ARE SORRY YOUR SISTER IS IN SUCH TERRIBLE TROUBLE.

  3. Lee W.
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    I was taking fosamax and sustained two femur fractures after its use… Reclast was used two years after the first fracture. When the IM rod was removed after healing…it was causing much hip pain…. the leg spontaneously broke in the mid shaft while I was dressing two days later… we had to place the rod again, so two fractured femurs from medications to prevent fractures. I am frightened. Is reclast part of the fosamax femur fractures?
    I have no osteoporosis, but my mother had it severely. The drugs were given for that reason. The fracture is very slow to heal due to these drugs. Another doctor wants to use forteo…. I am not sure what to do.
    We can’t DEX scan due to rods…..bone scan was read as normal, but now they see the hot spot before rod removal…that was read as the years older fracture healing…it broke there.

  4. C.C.
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    And what happens to people who develop kidney problems DURING the year after they have had this infusion that evidently stays in their system for a year (otherwise why would you only need it once a year)? Once you have had something that lasts for a whole year, it really scares me to think a person would have to wait a year for it to get out of their system. When we take a drug and have a side effect, we stop that drug immediately. This lasts for a year!

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