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When and How to Use DenosumabSome general considerations for when and how to use denosumab include the following:
- The medication comes in an injectable form. It is injected once every six months (for osteoporosis) or once every four weeks (for preventing cancer-related bone problems), 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).
- For osteoporosis treatment, you need to make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking denosumab, as the medicine can deplete calcium levels in the blood. Denosumab cannot help the body build bone without calcium and vitamin D. If you are receiving denosumab for cancer, you may (or may not) need calcium and vitamin D, so be sure to check with your healthcare provider.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.