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How does denosumab (Prolia, Xgeva) help in treating osteoporosis?

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If bisphosphonates don’t work for you, denosumab (Prolia, Xgeva) is another option. If you’re at high risk for fractures, this may work for you. It strengthens bones throughout the body. It’s a twice-yearly injection.

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

FDA.

National Women’s Health Network: “Osteoporosis—Fact Sheet.”

Harvard Medical School: “Osteoporosis Drugs: Which One Is Right for You?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation.

FDA.

National Women’s Health Network: “Osteoporosis—Fact Sheet.”

Harvard Medical School: “Osteoporosis Drugs: Which One Is Right for You?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 26, 2017

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