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What should I know about denosumab injections before receiving one?

Denosumab is used to prevent bone fractures and bone complications in patients with metastatic cancers that involve the bone. Only your doctor or another healthcare professional should administer a denosumab injection. If you have hypocalcemia (low calcium levels in your blood), the condition should be remedied before you receive your first injection. It is also important to be aware that denosumab injections can increase your risk for serious infections.

Consult your dentist before receiving a denosumab injection as well. The drug can occasionally result in osteonecrosis of the jaw, and your dentist may wish to take preventative measures. Denosumab injections aren't generally recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. Children should not be treated with this medication. Discuss your medical history with your doctor in detail before receiving a denosumab injection. Complications could arise if you have malabsorption syndrome or if you have had thyroid or parathyroid surgery in the past.

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