Introduction to Zunitra 4mg Injection
Zunitra 4mg Injection is used to treat or prevent weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) caused by Menopause or use of steroids. Using this medicine can reduce your risk of breaking bones. It is also used to treat high levels of calcium in people who have cancer.
Zunitra 4mg Injection is given by a doctor or nurse. How much you are given, and how often, will be decided by your doctor. It may just be a single injection or you may need regular injections depending upon your underlying condition. Your doctor will ask you to drink plenty of water before the injection, to avoid getting dehydrated. It may take several days to get the full benefit of this drug. Zunitra 4mg Injection is only part of a treatment program that may also include changes to your diet and taking calcium and vitamin supplements.
The most common side effects include nausea, fatigue, anemia, bone pain, constipation, fever, vomiting, and breathlessness. Zunitra 4mg Injection can cause serious kidney problems, especially if you are dehydrated, if you take diuretic medicine (water pills) or if you already have kidney disease. It can also cause low levels of calcium in the blood and pain in the mouth or jaw. These are serious side effects and need urgent medical attention. Tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of these.
You should not be given this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have kidney problems or low calcium levels. Also, let your doctor know what other medicines you are taking. Some of them may affect, or be affected by, this injection, especially medicines used to treat severe infections and medicines used to treat cancer and osteoporosis. You may need frequent medical tests to check your kidney function and calcium levels. Avoid smoking as it can reduce your bone mineral density, making fractures more likely. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can also cause bone loss and should be avoided.
Uses of Zunitra 4 mg Injection
How Does Zunitra 4 Works
Zunitra 4mg Injection is a bisphosphonate. It works by suppressing the activity of osteoclasts, cells that cause destruction of bone. This strengthens the bones and minimizes the risk of fractures.
Side Effects of Zunitra 4
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them
Common Side Effects
- Back pain
- Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain
- Bone pain
- Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
Dosage of Zunitra 4 mg
- Aminoglycosides such as gentamicin (used to treat severe bacterial infections)
- Diuretics (water pills) such as chlorthalidone, indapamide (used to treat high blood pressure or Oedema)
- Other bisphosphonates such as alendronate (used to treat or prevent bone disorders)
- Corticosteroids such as prednisolone or dexamethasone (used to treat inflammation)
How to Manage Side Effects
- Consult Your Healthcare Provide
- Follow Prescribed Dosage
- Take with Food or Water
- Stay Hydrated
- Avoid Alcohol and Certain Foods
- Monitor for Allergic Reactions
- Report Unusual Symptoms
Warning & Precaution
- Allergic Reactions
- Medical History
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
- Liver or Kidney Conditions
- Heart Conditions
- Driving and Machinery
- Alcohol and Certain Foods
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long should I receive Zunitra?
Ans. Zunitra should be received in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. The medicine takes around 6 months to show its maximum benefits on bones. However, in some cases, the doctor may suggest Zunitra for a longer duration. The exact duration will depend on the condition you are being treated for.
2. How is Zunitra administered?
Ans. Zunitra will be given to you only by a doctor or a nurse into a vein (intravenously). Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration of Zunitra for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.
3. What are the lifestyle changes should I follow while receiving Zunitra?
Ans. To get maximum benefit from this medicine, there are certain lifestyle changes that you must adhere to. Include some calcium or vitamin D rich foods for bone strength. Try to spend more time in sunlight to get natural vitamin D. Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption as they may harm your bones. You can take up an exercise regime such as walking and low-impact aerobics as they are good for your bones. Similarly, you can try strength-training exercises where you use your own body weight which in turn improve bone health.
4. Can Zunitra cause constipation?
Ans. Yes, Zunitra may cause constipation in some individuals. To manage this effect, try to eat more high-fibre foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cereals and drink plenty of water. If this does not help, inform your doctor for receiving alternate treatment for constipation.