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Reclast Infusion: New Treatment, Old Story


As so often happens with new osteoporosis drugs – and Reclast infusion is a fairly new treatment – the truth becomes shrouded as pharmaceutical companies make grabs for money, power, recognition, and more money. The humble osteoporosis patient gets lost in the proverbial shuffle. She hears the doctor’s diagnosis of osteoporosis as if it were a deadly disease, and she hears the doctor’s prescription for a drug that is supposed to help. She also hears how this new drug is superior to oral bisphosphonates, because this one is delivered directly into the bloodstream in the form of an infusion. This means no gastric side effects! And now the icing on the cake: she only has to take the Reclast infusion once a year, and the procedure takes only 15 minutes!

This patient may then mistakenly think that the problem of nasty side effects of osteoporosis drugs is solved. I hope this anonymous patient finds the Save Our Bones site in time, because the unfortunate truth is that Reclast infusion is a new treatment with an old story.

Infusion Confusion

Sadly, more than one case of Reclast infusion has resulted in deadly kidney failure, leaving hurt and confusion behind. Why didn’t the doctor warn them? Those who survive the horrible side effects of Reclast infusion are also left wondering why they weren’t warned of these possible side effects. They are also left with lasting side effects from renal toxicity.

What is causing all this confusion? It’s not only a lack of information; it’s also bad information. It’s the old story of osteoporosis drugs being touted as “the” cure for this “disease,” only to find out that horrible side effects are just around the corner. Why didn’t the doctor warn you? It’s entirely possible that he or she isn’t even aware of the risks. In fact, as I pointed out in this post, the FDA was being urged to tell Novartis, the maker of Reclast, to give proper warning information to those physicians who prescribe their drug.

The Old Story

Here are some things you may not have thought about in connection with Reclast infusion, this new treatment with an old story.

  • Reclast stays in your system for at least a year (hence the annual treatment). This means that you’re stuck with the drug and its side effects for as long as it’s in your system. If you experience unpleasant side effects, there’s no way to stop taking Reclast; it’s in your body for a year, doing its damage.
  • Renal failure as a result of Reclast infusion can quickly become fatal as doctors can’t remove the drug from your bloodstream.
  • There’s no accurate way to tell just how much Reclast is in your system before you receive your second dose the following year. For some patients, the second treatment is “too much” and the renal failure results from the toxic overload.

Too Much at Stake

There’s just too much at stake to even try Reclast infusion. It’s not just a question of brittle bones and the “usual” side effects of bisphosphonates; this treatment goes farther, delving into the dangerous territory of intentional toxicity to obtain an effect. This may be a fair trade off in life-threatening diseases, but it’s simply too great a risk for osteoporosis, which isn’t even a disease! It’s just a matter of healthful balance, and Save Our Bones can get you there. There’s nothing confusing about this science-backed program, and it’s totally risk-free (I even have a 365 days Money Back Guarantee). As I said in another post, the Save Our Bones Program is not just another natural treatment – it’s the treatment! It’s the only thing that really works because it restores your body to a place of balance. Think “RESTORE,” not Reclast!

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  1. Brian March 30, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I’m only 52 and after breaking my foot found that I have osteporosis and my T-Scores are -3 and -3.5… I’m overwhelmed trying to find the right thing to do. I told my Doctor no Fosamax, that was the first drug they wanted me to try. Now I’m considering the reclast infusion. I want to build my bone mass back to a normal range, is that even possible? Can natural methods really help as much as medications? I’m lost in a google sea of information and dis-information but trying to inform myself as much as possible.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 30, 2015, 3:13 pm

      Hi Brian,
      I am glad you’ve found the “Saver” community, and you’re obviously not afraid to ask questions and do your own research! You asked: “Can natural methods really help as much as medications?” Actually, the Save Our Bones approach is more along the lines of “natural methods help *instead* of medications.” You see, medications don’t really “help” the condition at all. At best, they manage symptoms; but there is always a price to pay. Keep reading the free information on this site, and keep asking questions!

  2. Marlene January 31, 2015, 10:45 am

    Just reading through these comments makes me very skeptical. I do trust my Dr. completely….he has recommended the Reclast treatment since my last DX Scan showed -6. Now reading of all the side effects I’m concerned as to what I should do. I have Celiac Disease and certainly don’t need anything to give me more complications wth that. For my age I have a fair amount of energy, work full time, and try to keep up at home. When I read about loss of jaw bone health, chills, headaches, overall aching bones…..I don’t need this. Any suggestions?

  3. Nancy Connor January 30, 2015, 7:07 pm

    My husband who has a family history of Osteoprosis and suffered from it himselt too the infusion for 3 years in a row with no side effects he is 81. Now the bone density test showed he no longer needs the treatment and will test him again year after next. Amazing results.

  4. Mina January 10, 2015, 2:17 pm

    I had a fracture for no apparent reason. I had the Reclast infusion 2 days ago and Have had no after affects. The nurse that gave the injection said “it goes directly into the blood stream flushes and immediately starts working, flushing out the nutracid (sp) and replacing it.” I was told to take 16 Oz of water (I drank more than that). Was warned about the kidneys, told to take pain medication for symptoms. Was told the affects would be immodestly recognized.
    I still have pain in my back, but no less or more than before. Overall I feel better.
    If I had to choose between afraid to move and the injection
    , the choice was not hard to make.

  5. Carol S. June 4, 2014, 9:28 pm

    On June 2, 2014 I had an infusion of Reclast at 11 am. By 8pm that same evening, I started feeling bone pain followed by nausea and later vomiting to the point where I could not even keep down water. I began to feel chills and tried soaking in a bath of hot water thinking that the warmth could also make my bones feel better, but it did not. As the night progressed, the nausea got worse, and I was in such severe pain that my ribs felt bruised, and I could only take shallow breaths because the pain was so great in my chest when air enter my lungs that it felt like the muscles wear ripping off my ribs, my lower abdomen felt as if it were filled with rocks, and every joint, muscle, and bone was in pain. Needless to say I did not get any sleep and the following morning I contacted the medical professional who administered the Reclast. She instructed me to contact my doctor who ordered the Reclast, which I did do, and the doctor recommended I go to the ER. I was so weak at this point that I could not even lift my purse, and had to have a wheelchair to transport me from the car to the ER. In the ER, my blood pressure was taken and it had dropped to 81 over 57. The ER staff administered 3 IV drips, anti-nausea medicine, and pain pills. I had three preheated blankets on me, but could not stop shivering from feeling cold in my body, and at the same time burning in my head. They x-rayed my chest and abdomen, as well as administered two EKGs. After 6 hours in the ER, the ER doctor was considering admitting me, but when my blood pressure finally elevated to a normal level, she cleared me to go home, which I was happy to do so that I could warm my bones in a hot bath. I left the hospital with medicine for nausea, the same that they give to chemotherapy patients. I spent the following day in bed, in pain, unable to stand fully erect to walk to the bathroom, and needed assistance to turn in bed, and to sit up to get out of bed. It was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I have limited movement in my neck, my jaw hurts, my face hurts, my ribs hurt, and I am worried about what long term effects I may now have because of what I thought was a good thing to do for my bones.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA June 5, 2014, 8:03 am

      Carol, my heart aches for you! What a terrible experience. Remember, though, that your body is made for health, not sickness! You don’t ever have to take Reclast again, or any other osteoporosis drug for that matter! Now you can focus on nurturing your body and your bones, and giving your body what it needs to heal and, ultimately, rid itself of the Reclast. Hang in there and take care of yourself!

  6. Terese March 14, 2014, 2:13 pm

    I had Prolia six months ago and had no problem. I am in getting recast right now and am pretty sure I will do just fine. I have had a -4 on my bone density for about 4 years now and am a high risk for bone cancer. So I will do what I have to do to build my bone density. All drugs have side effects it’s the positives you never hear about. I will come back to post after my next bone density test to let you know if this did any good. If not I may not get another done.

  7. Denise March 5, 2014, 1:37 pm

    My infusion is monthly. I just completed my first one on Monday. After reading about the possible side effects, I am more than concerned about having them especially monthly. My diagnosis i metastasized breast to bone cancer. Are there other options available for me?

  8. pat rosinbaum July 9, 2013, 6:23 pm

    please advise i have serere conspitation problem and sure don’t need any more kidney problems. i have to get up at least three times a night.
    please advise what I should do.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 10, 2013, 6:30 am

      I am so sorry you’re experiencing that issue, Pat! It sounds very uncomfortable. I suggest you talk to your doctor about this if it’s persistent.

  9. CONNIE JOSEFIK June 28, 2013, 1:58 pm

    I just had a reclast infusion and did not no of the side effects. I am not sure I will continue next year with another infusion. Thanks for the information

  10. myrna konikow June 26, 2013, 11:40 am

    i am petrified to take this medicatin my bone scan was not that bad

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA June 27, 2013, 6:53 am

      Remember, Myrna – it’s your health and your decision! You don’t have to take the osteoporosis drugs if you do not want to.

  11. Jackie June 18, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Recently I was diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis, I was recommended to receive this IV or injection, I am very concerned and really have a bad feeling about it, I have a major medical history,, So at this time I am unsure what to do, I am sooo skeptical about the serious side affects, My neuro said I am that 1% , I don’t want fractures. What do I do?

    • Delores September 3, 2013, 4:42 am

      One of the potential side effects of Reclast is bone death in your jaw. If the bone dies in your jaw, there is no remedy and it is a nasty thing to have according to my dental hygenist. I have had two Reclast injections and will never have another. Before I had the first one, I talked to my dentist who had no info nor did my doctor re bone death. They simply did not have enough informatin to guide me. I have bad teeth with multiple crowns, and implant, etc. If I have to have an invasive procedure done, I fear this problem. When I went for the first infusion, I just went to a lab. By the time I went for the second infusion, I was directed to the oncology area where they give you chemo. I learned that, although this is a lighter dose, this is the same type drug used in chemo. This is just one more problem with the drug.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA June 18, 2013, 2:00 pm

      Jackie, the decision is up to you – but you are already on the right track, because you’re here! That means you’re doing your research, and whatever decision you make will be an informed one. Please feel free to continue reading the information on this site, and if you like, sign up to receive regular newsletters and updates via e-mail. Remember, your body was made for health – you just have to give it what it needs! :)

  12. R Greenfield June 17, 2013, 10:24 am

    I’m scheduled for Reclast infusion and am considering cancelling appt.Am apprehensive about possible Renal damage.

    • Linda February 23, 2015, 7:10 am

      Mine is scheduled for tomorrow but I think I will cancel scared to death

  13. Barbara Filteau May 22, 2013, 8:11 am

    I bought your book 3 yrs ago and made a lot of changes in my life. I eat healthy and have been doing weight bearing exercise for 20 years now not to mention growing up I was always either on roller skates or a bicycle and walked everywhere. As an adult I hit the treadmill every morning and walk during my breaks at work. I was diagnosed with osteo penia at the age of 50 and every bone density test I’ve done since then is worse. MY doctor told me yesterday that my bones are now as bad as they can get and for a 60 yr old woman there are only 3 percent of women my age with bones as bad as mine. He doesn’t usually suggest treatment for women under 70 but with my results and the medical history of my mother her wants me to go on Reclast. I feel sick to my stomach about this. I don’t even like to take a Tylenol unless I absolutely have to! Tests show that my bone turn over is twice as fast as it should be at this point in my life. I’ve tried every thing but I refuse to take a drug that can harm me and make me worse then I am. Any suggestions? I need help!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 23, 2013, 3:31 pm

      Barbara, just remember – it’s your decision! No one can “make” you take any drug you don’t want to take. I encourage you to develop your own “bone health philosophy” to help you in your decision. Have you seen this most recent post? It will guide you in doing just that!

  14. sidney easterling April 15, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Is there anyone out there who has had the reclast infusion that is doing well? My last DXA scan results were; -3.5 and my doctor is having a fit to put me on Prolia or Reclast. HELP!

    • Susan December 13, 2014, 11:07 am

      When I was 56 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2011. I do not remember the number, just that the results were high risk of fracture. My gynecologist wanted me to try Prolia. While waiting for approval from my insurance company I got a personal trainer and begin weight lifting and a calcium and diet regimen. A year later, after the insurance company refused to approve Prolia, I had another dexa scan and my results were worse and my dr recommended Reclast. I had the infusion in March of 2012 and it was one of the worst experiences of my life, I was sick, headache, bone pain, chills, fever and I felt like I was 100 years old for 4 days. I swore I would NEVER do that again. I continued on my diet, calcium and exercise routine. I just had my dexa scan on Saturday and my results were shocking. All the areas of osteoporosis, hip, spine and femoral head and now borderline osteopenia -1.06 to -1.46. I will not take another infusion but I am hoping to hold my results where they are now. So that was my experience. I hope it helps.

    • Gail Bollard November 4, 2014, 11:55 pm

      I had Reclast in January 2013. My only side effect was pain in my jaw, towards the back. I took a couple of pain pills and after a day or so it was fine. I had no other side effects. I have a nearly lifelong complicated medical history. I am a type one diabetic of 45 years. I have hypothyroidism, I have PAD, anemia of chronic disease and arthritis in my knees and tailbone. I am not sure if that makes a difference or not.

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  16. lynn January 13, 2013, 6:41 pm

    I had the reclasp infusion done 6/12. I Was in server pain,fever,detached from life,kidney failure, was admitted to ER 24 after receiving the infusion. They didnt know how to treat me. Pain meds and much fluids to try to flush/dilute the drug. I have confusion and dizziness also til this day. I wasnt warned. I was given a side effects sheet. Cont. headaches!!!! Hope some reads this and dosent decide to get infusion.

  17. Christina January 9, 2013, 2:28 pm

    I took reclast and I now have ONJ! I don’t see how Save The Bones will help now! I researched, prayed, and decided the chances of getting ONJ WERE SO RARE! I was wrong and now I’m suffering. I am at a loss as to what to do!

    • da costa October 1, 2013, 12:47 am

      whats mean onj ?

  18. Heather August 1, 2012, 9:33 pm

    Thanks for this enlightening discussion – natural methods are always better than treatment with drugs!

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