Zoledronic acid is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat the following conditions in adults:

For more information about zoledronic acid’s uses, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug details

Here are some details about zoledronic acid:

  • Drug class: bisphosphonates
  • Drug form: IV infusion
  • Brand-name versions: Zometa, Reclast

Read on to learn about zoledronic acid and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.

As with all medications, the cost of zoledronic acid can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan and your insurance coverage. It may also depend on the cost of the visit to a healthcare professional to receive doses of zoledronic acid.

To find out what the cost of zoledronic acid will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and zoledronic acid.

How can I determine the price of the 5 mg/100-mL strength of zoledronic acid?

The price of the 5 milligram (mg)/100-milliliter (mL) strength of zoledronic acid can vary based on certain factors. These factors include whether your doctor prescribes zoledronic acid, which is a generic drug, or a brand-name version. Brand-name medications tend to cost more than the generic version.

If you have additional questions about the price of zoledronic acid, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

What additional costs might there be with zoledronic acid treatment?

There may be an additional cost for the visit to a healthcare professional to receive zoledronic acid treatment. This drug is typically given by a healthcare professional in a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital.

If you have more questions about the total cost of treatment with zoledronic acid, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Zoledronic acid is available as these brand-name forms: Zometa and Reclast.

Reclast is also approved to treat Paget’s disease, and to treat and prevent osteoporosis in certain adults. Generic versions have not received approval to treat this condition but may be used off-label to treat these conditions. “Off-label” use is where a drug is prescribed to treat a condition which the FDA hasn’t approved it to treat.

A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. Generics also tend to cost less than brand-name drugs. To find out how the cost of Zometa and Reclast compares with the cost of zoledronic acid, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If your doctor has prescribed zoledronic acid and you’re interested in using Zometa or Reclast instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.

If you need financial support to pay for zoledronic acid, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:

These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.

Now that you’ve learned about cost and zoledronic acid, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance on cost issues related to you and zoledronic acid. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for zoledronic acid.

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