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Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis who:

Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause who:

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The Truth About Osteoporosis in Men

Male osteoporosis is actually the same destructive bone disease many women can get. It causes bones to become thin and brittle. As a result, your bones become weaker and more fragile. And yes, it can result in height loss by damaging the bones in your spine.


In fact, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation*, there are several factors that may lead to osteoporosis in men, including family history, `bone density, and low levels of testosterone and estrogen. However, men often don’t get diagnosed and don’t find out they have osteoporosis until they experience a fracture.

*National Osteoporosis Foundation. General Facts: Just for Men. https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/just-for-men. Accessed 05.23.2017.

Women are Not the Only Ones to Get Osteoporosis and to be at High Risk for Fracture

As many as 12 million men in the US are at risk for developing osteoporosis. That’s why it’s important to ask your doctor about male osteoporosis.

See the difference between normal bone and osteoporotic bone, and how the bone thins with osteoporosis

normal bone

normal bone

bone with osteoporosis

bone with osteoporosis


Men often don’t get diagnosed for osteoporosis, and don’t find out they have it until they experience a fracture.

That’s why it’s important to ask your doctor about male osteoporosis—and to learn more about a treatment option that may be right for you.

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Learn more about a treatment option for osteoporosis in men

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Ask your doctor to check your height

Some men could lose height as they age. If you’ve lost about an inch of height or more in the past year, it may be time to talk to your doctor about male osteoporosis.

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Important Safety Information Close

Do not take Prolia® (denosumab) if you: have low blood calcium; or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as Prolia® may harm your unborn baby; or are allergic to denosumab or any ingredients in Prolia®.

What is the most important information I should know about Prolia®?

If you receive Prolia®, you should not receive XGEVA®. Prolia® contains the same medicine as XGEVA® (denosumab).

Prolia® can cause serious side effects:

Serious allergic reactions have happened in people who take Prolia®. Call your doctor or go to your nearest emergency room right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including low blood pressure (hypotension); trouble breathing; throat tightness; swelling of your face, lips, or tongue; rash; itching; or hives.

Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia). Prolia® may lower the calcium levels in your blood. If you have low blood calcium, it may get worse during treatment. Your low blood calcium must be treated before you receive Prolia®.

Take calcium and vitamin D as your doctor tells you to help prevent low blood calcium.

Severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis) may occur. Your doctor should examine your mouth before you start Prolia® and may tell you to see your dentist. It is important for you to practice good mouth care during treatment with Prolia®.

Unusual thigh bone fractures. Some people have developed unusual fractures in their thigh bone. Symptoms of a fracture include new or unusual pain in your hip, groin, or thigh.

Increased risk of broken bones, including broken bones in the spine, after stopping Prolia®. After your treatment with Prolia® is stopped, your risk for breaking bones, including bones in your spine, is increased. Your risk for having more than 1 broken bone in your spine is increased if you have already had a broken bone in your spine. Do not stop taking Prolia® without first talking with your doctor. If your Prolia® treatment is stopped, talk to your doctor about other medicine that you can take.

Serious infections in your skin, lower stomach area (abdomen), bladder, or ear may happen. Inflammation of the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis) due to an infection may also happen more often in people who take Prolia®. You may need to go to the hospital for treatment.

Prolia® is a medicine that may affect the ability of your body to fight infections. People who have weakened immune systems or take medicines that affect the immune system may have an increased risk for developing serious infections.

Skin problems such as inflammation of your skin (dermatitis), rash, and eczema have been reported.

Bone, joint, or muscle pain. Some people who take Prolia® develop severe bone, joint, or muscle pain.

Before taking Prolia®, tell your doctor if you:

  • Take the medicine XGEVA® (denosumab)
  • Have low blood calcium
  • Cannot take daily calcium and vitamin D
  • Had parathyroid or thyroid surgery (glands located in your neck)
  • Have been told you have trouble absorbing minerals in your stomach or intestines (malabsorption syndrome)
  • Have kidney problems or are on kidney dialysis
  • Plan to have dental surgery or teeth removed
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • Are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed

What are the possible side effects of Prolia®?

It is not known if the use of Prolia® over a long period of time may cause slow healing of broken bones. The most common side effects of Prolia® in women who are being treated for osteoporosis after menopause are back pain, pain in your arms and legs, high cholesterol, muscle pain, and bladder infection. The most common side effects of Prolia® in men with osteoporosis are back pain, joint pain, and common cold (runny nose or sore throat).

These are not all the possible side effects of Prolia®. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

Indications

Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis who:

  • are at high risk for fracture, meaning men who have had a fracture related to osteoporosis, or who have multiple risk factors for fracture
  • cannot use another osteoporosis medicine or other osteoporosis medicines did not work well

Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause who:

  • are at high risk for fracture, meaning women who have had a fracture related to osteoporosis, or who have multiple risk factors for fracture
  • cannot use another osteoporosis medicine or other osteoporosis medicines did not work well
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Important Safety Information

 Do not take Prolia® (denosumab) if you: have low blood calcium; or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as Prolia® may harm your unborn baby; or are allergic to denosumab or any ingredients in Prolia®.

What is the most important information I should know about Prolia®?

If you receive Prolia®, you should not receive XGEVA®. Prolia® contains the same medicine as XGEVA® (denosumab).

Prolia® can cause serious side effects: