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What Is Pamidronate Disodium?

Posted on August 20 2009 by Pat Killingsworth | 920 views

Pamidronate disodium is the generic name for Aredia, a powerful bisphosphonate. Tomorrow morning I will be receiving my 3 hour Aredia IV at a local hospital. I was getting these treatments monthly for the first two years following my multiple myeloma diagnosis. Now I undergo treatment every two or three months. Aredia and Zometa (zoledronic acid) are thought of as bone strengtheners, which is important. But both drugs also seem to aid in the reduction of myeloma lesions (tumors), as well as helping to prevent lesions from appearing in the future. So wish me luck tomorrow: May my favorite oncology nurse find a vein on the first stick!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sid Says:

    Hi Pat,
    Like you, I have an infussion of Aredia though it is monthly. It is a good time to catch up with the other regulars getting treatment that I have met over the years.
    You wrote: "May my favorite oncology nurse find a vein on the first stick!"
    Well, that could make another good posting from you, the delights of having difficult veins.
    Good health.
    Sid

  2. Jan Says:

    When getting velcade, it was taking 2-4 sticks every time to hit my vein. I bought those heat packs that people use for hand and foot warmers for sporting events,etc. Put it on my hand a half hour before the stick, the nurses hit every time on the first try when I used the hand warmer. They can be found in most sporting goods sections of Walmart, etc.

  3. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Thank you, Sid! Did you read Jan's follow-up comment? I achieve the same result by running hot water over my hand and keeping it elevated just before "stick" time. A hot towel can also help.

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