Aredia-Pamidronate

What is Pamidronate?

Pamidronate (Aredia) is a bisphosphonate derivative used to treat hypercalcemia of malignancy, osteolytic bone metastases of breast cancer, osteolytic lesions of multiple myeloma and Paget disease. This medication helps prevent the bone tissue from being destroyed. 

How it is administered:

This medication is typically administered as an intravenous infusion over 2 hours; however, the duration of administration varies depending on what the medication is being used for. 

What to expect:

This medication can cause muscle and joint pains and overall weakness. It can cause nausea and vomiting as well as stomach pains and indigestion. Rarely, it has led to jaw and kidney damage.