For women with osteoporosis after menopause at high risk for fracture
Your most recent fracture can say a lot about your future. That’s because a prior fracture puts you at increased risk for a future fracture.
But there's something you can do to help reduce that risk—start on a bone-building treatment. At your next appointment, ask your doctor if a bone builder is right for you. Read on to learn about the impact a fracture can have on your bone health.
Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a chronic disease that causes an excess of bone-removing cells in your body. This makes you lose bone faster than your body can rebuild it, causing your bones to become weak and more likely to fracture. See below for what this may look like in your body.
Bone images courtesy of David W. Dempster, PhD, 2000. Reproduced with permission.
Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and more likely to break. This means that a minor fall could cause a potentially life-altering fracture in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis.
After an osteoporotic fracture, your chances of breaking another bone increase significantly. That means that what you're currently doing for your bones may not be enough.
What is the most important information I should know about EVENITY™?
EVENITY™ can cause serious side effects, including increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or death from a cardiovascular (heart or blood vessel) problem. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away if you have any of these symptoms: symptoms of heart attack, which may include: chest pain or pressure; shortness of breath; feeling light-headed or dizzy; or symptoms of stroke, which may include: headache; numbness or weakness in face, arm, or legs; difficulty talking; changes in vision or loss of balance. Before you receive EVENITY™, tell your healthcare provider if you have had a heart attack or stroke, especially if it has happened in the past year.
Do not receive EVENITY™ if you: have low blood calcium; or are allergic to romosozumab or any of the ingredients in EVENITY™.
Before receiving EVENITY™, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
What are the possible side effects of EVENITY™?
EVENITY™ may cause serious side effects, including:
Serious allergic reactions have happened in people who receive EVENITY™. Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including: rash; hives; swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
Low calcium levels in your blood (hypocalcemia). EVENITY™ may lower the calcium levels in your blood. Your low blood calcium should be treated before you receive EVENITY™. Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of low blood calcium such as: spasms, twitches, or cramps in your muscles; numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes or around your mouth.
Severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis) may occur. Your healthcare provider should examine your mouth before you start EVENITY™ and may tell you to see your dentist. Ask your healthcare provider or dentist about good mouth care.
Unusual thigh bone fractures. Symptoms of this type of fracture include new or unusual pain in your hip, groin, or thigh.
The most common side effects of EVENITY™ include joint pain and headaches.
These are not all the possible side effects of EVENITY™. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
EVENITY™ is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause who are at high risk of fracture, or cannot use another osteoporosis medicine or other osteoporosis medicines did not work well.
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