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Can denosumab help treat osteoporosis?

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Denosumab (Prolia, Xgeva) treats osteoporosis by interfering with the body's bone-breakdown process. It's for women with a higher chance of fracture who’ve tried other osteoporosis drugs that have not worked. Side effects can include pain in the back, arms, and legs.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:"The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases -- National Resource Center."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief." 

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Osteoporosis."

MayoClinic.com: "Bone density test: Measure your risk of osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Facts on Osteoporosis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:"The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases -- National Resource Center."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief." 

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Osteoporosis."

MayoClinic.com: "Bone density test: Measure your risk of osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Facts on Osteoporosis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

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