Prolia (Injection): Uses, Dosage, and Side Effects

What Is Prolia?

Prolia is a drug that helps target and kill various cells in the body. It functions as a monoclonal antibody and plays significant roles in shielding healthy cells from foreign elements in the body.

Denosumab has its prolia brand, which is specifically prescribed to treat osteoporosis in women older than 45 years old or women who are more susceptible to bone fracture. Men with osteoporosis can take prolia to elevate bone mass and reduce the risk of bone fracture. The drug can also be used to treat different types of cancer and prevent the spread of tumors to other parts of the body.

If your osteoporosis is caused by elevated glucocorticoid levels in the blood, your doctor may prescribe Prolia to treat the condition and reduce the risk of bone fracture. You will find directions and instructions on the drug’s guide. Another popular brand of denosumab used to reduce the risk of bone fracture and other skeletal diseases is called Xgeva.

People with insufficient calcium levels (hypocalcemia), should stay away from Prolia. Doctors advise pregnant women to stay away from the medication because it can result in certain birth defects and harm an unborn child.

It is important to speak with your doctor if you have any kidney disease or if you are on dialysis. Other factors, such as a history of hypoparathyroidism, a history of intestinal surgery, thyroid surgery, and a compromised immune system must be considered before taking Prolia. Stay away from this monoclonal antibody if your body lacks the ability to effectively absorb nutrients from food or if you experience reactions anytime you use latex.

According to research, over 65 percent of people who take prolia experience severe infections. Call your doctor if you experience any sign of infection, such as redness or swelling on any part of your body, burning or pain anytime you urinate, serious stomach pain, hearing difficulties, cough, ear pain, loss of breath, red or purple spots beneath your skin, night sweats, weight loss, and many more.