What do you think of the new drug called "Prolia" that recently came out for osteoporosis?
For those of you who are not familiar with Prolia, this is what is known about the drug:
Prolia (Denosumab) is the new drug approved by the FDA to treat osteoporosis patients.
Prolia Recall/Black Box Warning Information:
Prolia does not carry any black box warnings and has not been associated with any recalls.
Patients undergoing treatment with Prolia are at risk of experiencing the following serious complications:
Common side effects:
- Back pain
- Extremity pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
More serious and as of now, rare side effects:
- Low calcium levels
- Severe infections
- Skin problems
- Serious jawbone problems
Patients should discuss these risks and ways to reduce them with their doctor before beginning treatment with Prolia.
A new drug does not mean it is better. Frankly, I hold back for a very long time because until the drug is out in the population for years, it is unknown what side effects will emerge. A good example is the bisphosphonate medications causing fractures after extended use.
A medical doctor once told me a saying among his colleagues:
Many side effects are not seen for years after a drug is released, and in some cases it takes much longer than 7 years. It takes time to sort out studies that often are at odds with each other.
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