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

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

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If you have postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture, and are struggling to strengthen your bones, you’re not alone. Watch Anita’s inspiring story to hear how Prolia® helped her.

“When I was first diagnosed,
I thought—what do I do now?”

– Anita, actual Prolia® patient since 2011


Patient testimonials represent individual experiences with Prolia®. Results may vary.

Watch How Anita Found the Right Treatment for Her

Anita had tried other treatments before, but wasn’t seeing good results. Find out what happened after she started Prolia®.

See How Anita Took Charge of Her Health

Anita had always been an active person and took her calcium. Learn about the steps Anita took to get her postmenopausal osteoporosis under control after she was diagnosed.

Meet Anita

When Anita was first diagnosed with postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture, a number of thoughts were racing through her head. Then, she found out about Prolia® from her doctor.

Watch Anita’s videos to see how Prolia® helped her get stronger bones.

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My family is one of the most important things to me and I love being able to create experiences with them that we’ll always remember—whether it’s going to national parks together or being able to travel to my grandchildren’s t-ball games to cheer them on. And I didn’t want that to come to an end.

I was diagnosed with postmenopausal osteoporosis in 2000; so I’ve been dealing with it for years. I remember, I went for my annual exam at my OB/GYN and she said that I should get tested for osteoporosis.

I had a bone density test, a DXA scan. The results came back showing my lumbar 4 in my lower back had a t-score of -4.1. I had postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture.

I thought, what do I do now?

When you have osteoporosis, you’re more likely to break a bone—which I knew.

My family was also aware of the challenges of having postmenopausal osteoporosis. When we were together they would say, “Watch, Ma, watch.” I hated having them worry constantly about me breaking a bone. That was a difficult time for me.

I had tried other treatments before, but I wasn’t seeing great results. I thought, with a -4 anything, I have to keep trying. So I talked to my doctor about Prolia®.

After I started treatment with Prolia®, I started getting some results. I know that Prolia® works differently for everyone, but my scan showed improvement within that first year.

I was so happy that Prolia® was helping my bones get stronger—finally, I found the right treatment for me.

My mindset is, if I don’t get my shot of Prolia® my bones may begin to get weak again. Having strong bones is really important to me, so I keep up with my Prolia® treatment by getting my shot every 6 months and I take my calcium and my vitamin D, as directed by my doctor.

I’m doing well and I can’t wait for my next adventure with my family.

Here’s some important safety information you should know about Prolia®.

Do not take Prolia® 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 about all of your medical conditions, including 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® are back pain, pain in your arms and legs, high cholesterol, muscle pain, and bladder infection.

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.

Since I started treatment with Prolia®, my doctor says my scans are showing improvement in my bone density score.

One shot every six months works for me. Maybe it could be right for someone else.

  Read Text Version

Oh, I’ve done a lot of different things over the years, but my heart lies with theater and museums—so that’s been a big part of my life.

I was also a massage therapist for 16 years. That’s how I first learned about postmenopausal osteoporosis—through my training as a massage therapist. I did think about it and I also knew that it happened to small-framed people, but here I was massaging every day and that works your muscles. I took my calcium, drank milk, I exercised.

I just never thought it would happen to me.

When I found out that I had postmenopausal osteoporosis, I thought, what do I do now? I was young. Only old people get that.

My doctor put me on an oral treatment and told me to exercise, but I was already an active person.

When I was on that treatment, my doctor told me my postmenopausal osteoporosis was getting worse. My DXA scan showed more bone loss on the lumbar 4 in my lower back than before I had started treatment. I knew if I didn't change my treatment I'd be more likely to break a bone.

I had a lot to look forward to in life—I had to keep trying. So, my doctor suggested Prolia®.

After discussing with my doctor the benefits and the risks of taking Prolia® we decided I should make the switch.

After I started Prolia®, I began to see results. Every year, my doctor tells me that my scans are showing improvement in my bone density score. Prolia® worked for me.

Here’s some important safety information you should know about Prolia®.

Do not take Prolia® 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 about all of your medical conditions, including 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® are back pain, pain in your arms and legs, high cholesterol, muscle pain, and bladder infection.

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.

I know if I don’t continue to treat my osteoporosis, there’s a higher chance I may break something. So I do the recommended exercises to help strengthen my bones, I take my calcium and my vitamin D, and get my shot of Prolia® every 6 months, like my doctor tells me to.

I enjoy helping people, which is why I want to spread the word so everyone knows—Prolia® has helped strengthen my bones.

It’s time you knew about Prolia®

Prolia® is proven to help increase bone density and protect bones from fracture

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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 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

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
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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: