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Updated on 24 Apr 2024

Learn more about denosumab

What dosages is denosumab available in?

What dosages is denosumab available in?

denosumab is available as 120 mg/1.7 mL (70 mg/mL) solution in a single-dose vial.

What is denosumab used for?

What is denosumab used for?

denosumab is a monoclonal antibody and is used for the following:

  • Prevention of broken bones in people with multiple myeloma or cancer that has spread to the bones
  • Bone tumors called giant cell tumor of bone in adults and teenagers who can’t have the tumors removed by surgery
  • High calcium levels caused by cancer
How does denosumab work?

How does denosumab work?

denosumab is a monoclonal antibody. It blocks a protein found in some tumors that tells your body to break down your bones and causes your tumor to grow. This slows down the breakdown of your bones, which lowers your risk of broken bones.

How do I take denosumab?

How do I take denosumab?

denosumab is dosed as follows:

  • People with multiple myeloma or cancer that has spread to the bone: The typical dose is 120 mg injected under the skin of the upper arm, upper thigh, or stomach every 4 weeks
  • People with giant cell tumor of bone: The typical dose is 120 mg injected under the skin of the upper arm, upper thigh, or stomach every 4 weeks. An additional 120 mg is injected under the skin on days 8 and 15 during the first month of taking denosumab
  • People with high calcium levels caused by cancer: The typical dose is 120 mg injected under the skin of the upper arm, upper thigh, or stomach every 4 weeks. An additional 120 mg is injected under the skin on days 8 and 15 during the first month of taking denosumab
Is it safe for me to take denosumab?

Is it safe for me to take denosumab?

denosumab is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication in the following:

  • Hypocalcemia
  • Known clinically significant hypersensitivity to denosumab
denosumab Common Side Effects

denosumab Common Side Effects

Common side effects of denosumab:

  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Low phosphorus levels
  • Low calcium levels
  • Low red blood cell count
  • Low platelet count
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling (edema)
  • Common cold
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Low appetite
denosumab Serious Side Effects

denosumab Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with denosumab. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Serious allergic reactions: low blood pressure, shortness of breath, tightness in your throat, swelling in your face and throat, itchiness, rash
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on denosumab

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on denosumab

There are no major drug interactions listed for denosumab. However, always let your physician and pharmacist know about any other medications or supplements (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements) that you are currently taking.

Who makes denosumab?

Who makes denosumab?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is denosumab safe in pregnancy?

Is denosumab safe in pregnancy?

Based on findings in animals and its mechanism of action, denosumab can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Females who can become pregnant should use effective contraception during therapy, and for at least
5 months after the last dose of denosumab.

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