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When and How to Use Prolia

Some general considerations for when and how to use Prolia include the following:
  • The medication comes in an injectable form. It is injected once every six months just under the skin, in the abdomen (lower stomach), upper arm, or upper thigh.
  • Your healthcare provider should administer the injections (the product is not designed for at-home use).
  • You need to make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking Prolia, as the medicine can deplete calcium levels in the blood. Prolia cannot help the body build bone without calcium and vitamin D.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be given as prescribed. It will not work if you stop using it.

Dosing Information

There is only one recommended dosage, regardless of your age, weight, or other medical conditions. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Prolia Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Prolia

Just like any medicine, Prolia can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Prolia include but are not limited to:
(Click Prolia Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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