Aredia 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. Aredia 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, Aredia helps to treat high calcium levels caused by cancer.
Aredia is not approved for use in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Aredia for something other than the uses discussed in this article. Currently, off-label Aredia uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
- High blood calcium due to hyperparathyroidism
- Osteogenesis imperfecta (a genetic bone defect)