I will be having my first Zometa infusion (to protect my bones while on the AI) next week and I'm getting a little nervous. I've heard the first infusion can be the worst, in terms of bad flu-like side effects. I've received different advice on how to prepare -- endocrinologist said to take Tylenol the day before, day of, and after. Oncologist said ibuprofen. Have read online about Claritin working. For those of you who have gone through it, what would you recommend? How can I best… read more
For AC I was told to expect flu-like symptoms. After I checked with my oncologist that it was safe, I took Claritin the day before and daily day of and three days after chemo. Seemed to work. No aches. Just the fatigue and light nausea.
I felt like a ballgame on a rainy day for 2 1/2 days after the 1st infusion and it took about a week to feel like myself again. I suggest Tylenol, rest and staying hydrated. You might want to cook a few meals - something light - ahead of time because you won't feel like doing very much. I drank chicken broth and moved around as much as I felt up to. Subsequent infusions are nothing like the 1st one. Blessings to you moving forward.
I took Claritin the day before. It didn't help me. I couldn't get out of bed for 24 hrs after the first infusion. I was fine after that. Subsequent infusions were fine, no meds needed. I'd take whatever you can and drink a boatload of water before during and after. That being said, I'm glad I went ahead and did the infusions. I had Osteopenia before and my bone density actually improved. Hugs!
All I did was drink a lot of water after. Seriously, like totally no big deal. Plus my doc told me it adds a small percentage of additional protection against recurrence as well as protects your bones so win win.