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Your doctor has recommended radiopharmaceuticals (RAY-dee-oh-far-muh-SUE-tuh-kols) to treat your bone pain. A radiopharmaceutical is a radioactive drug that is given through an injection in your arm. Once injected, the medication travels through your body and settles in your bones, giving you relief from pain.
Your radiopharmaceutical injection will be done as an outpatient procedure. The injection will take only a few minutes, after which you may go home. You may continue your normal daily activities with friends and family members after your injection. Pain relief usually occurs within seven to 10 days after the injection.
Relief may last from three to six months or more. Your doctor may repeat the injection every 90 days if your blood counts are stable. Continue taking your current pain medication. You and your doctor will decide if the dosage needs to be adjusted. A bone scan must be done within 3 months of the injection.
Because radiopharmaceuticals are removed by the kidneys through your urine, there are some precautions you will need to take:
Increased bone pain may occur for the first week following your injection. This pain is usually controlled with the pain medication that has been ordered by your doctor.
Tell your nurse or doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
Call your nurse or doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
Revised January 2013