Aredia is also used to prevent bone problems (such as broken bones) in people with cancer. For multiple myeloma, the recommended dose of Aredia is 90 mg once a month, given by IV over four hours. For breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the recommended Aredia dose is 90 mg given every three to four weeks, given by IV over four hours. Your healthcare provider should check your kidney function (using a simple blood test) before each dose to make sure Aredia is not affecting your kidneys too much.
Considerations for people taking Aredia include the following:
- The medication comes in injection form. It is given through IV by your healthcare provider, usually at a hospital or clinic.
- For high blood calcium, Aredia is taken as a single dose, given by IV over 2 to 24 hours (although in some situations, re-treatment with Aredia may be necessary).
- For Paget's disease, Aredia is taken in three doses on consecutive days, given by IV over four hours for each dose.
- For multiple myeloma, Aredia is taken every month, given by IV over four hours.
- For breast cancer that has spread to the bone, Aredia is taken every three to four weeks, given by IV over two hours.
- It is important that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking Aredia (unless you are taking Aredia for high blood calcium).
- It does not matter if you take Aredia on an empty or full stomach.
- It is very important that you are well hydrated before receiving your Aredia dose in order to protect your kidneys. Make sure to drink enough fluids in the days before your Aredia dose. In many cases, your healthcare provider may need to give you IV fluids to make sure you are hydrated enough.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Aredia or your Aredia dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.