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Upper respiratory tract infection, nausea, and fatigue are some of the most common side effects seen with Aredia. Reactions that are not as common but are potentially serious include fast heart rate, decreased urination, jaw or tooth problems, and high blood pressure. If you develop any potentially serious side effects, seek immediate medical attention.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Aredia® (pamidronate disodium); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Aredia. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Aredia has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Aredia side effected included:
- Nausea -- in up to 63.5 percent of people
- Anemia -- up to 47.8 percent
- Vomiting -- up to 46.3 percent
- Fatigue -- up to 40.3 percent
- Fever -- up to 38.5 percent
- Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold) -- up to 32.2 percent
- Loss of appetite -- up to 31.1 percent.
Other common Aredia side effects (occurring in 1 to 30 percent of people) included:
- Insomnia (see Aredia and Insomnia)
- Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Bladder infection (urinary tract infection or UTI)
- Pain, irritation, or redness at the IV site
- Sinus infection
- Low thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Yeast infection
- Mouth sores
- Swelling or water retention.