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DENOSUMAB (Prolia) [Den-OZ-you-mab]
How to use this medication
Denosumab is given once every 6 months by an injection. The normal dose is 60 mg. Your doctor or a nurse can give it.
What you need to do
To help build your bones you should take calcium & vitamin D while taking denosumab. Your doctor will tell you the right amount of calcium and vitamin D for you.
Denosumab can make it harder for you to fight infections. It is best to seek medical attention if you have a fever or think you
have an infection. Phone your doctor for advice.
Do not take denosumab if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Medicines like denosumab have been associated with a very rare problem with the jaw (osteonecrosis). This problem has been seen after dental work. Let your doctor know if you develop sudden pain in the jaw.
Your doctor will monitor your response to denosumab by testing your BMD. This is usually done every 1 to 3 years. Talk to your doctor.
Side effects & important things to know
Denosumab can cause a rash, itching, or dry skin. Let your doctor know if you develop a rash while taking denosumab.
Denosumab can lower the calcium in the blood. This is very rare. Tell your doctor if you develop:
- Tingling in the hands, feet, or around your mouth
- Muscle cramps or twitching
- Muscle weakness
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick after the injection
- If you are concerned about any side effects
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking denosumab. Please let your doctor know if you decide to stop the medication.