If you’re not strength­en­ing your bones, isn’t it time for a new di­rec­tion?

Taste of Home - - Just A Taste - Blythe Dan­ner takes Pro­lia®

Pro­lia® is a pre­scrip­tion medicine used to treat os­teo­poro­sis in women af­ter menopause who: • are at high risk for frac­ture

• can­not use an­other os­teo­poro­sis medicine or other os­teo­poro­sis medicines did not work well

Im­por­tant Safety In­for­ma­tion

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.

Please see Brief Sum­mary of Med­i­ca­tion Guide on next page.

To learn more, visit pro­lia.com.

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