Compare Prolia vs. Calcitonin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Prolia
(denosumab)

Miacalcin
(calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Prolia (Denosumab) is an effective and convenient treatment for osteoporosis if other options haven’t worked or aren’t appropriate for you. There’re risks of some rare side effects, so make sure you're following up with your doctor regularly.Coming soon.
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4.87Prolia
Reviews for Prolia
33%
of people (All ages) say Prolia is worth it
40%
say it works well
27%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
ProliaCalcitonin
  • Pain in extremity 1%
  • Hypercholesterolemia 1%
  • Ankle and leg swelling 1%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 1%
  • Sciatica 1%
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How it works
ProliaCalcitonin
Prolia (Denosumab) is a monoclonal antibody. It blocks a protein that sends signals to break down your bones, and therefore prevents bone loss.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ProliaCalcitonin
Prescription only
Available as
ProliaCalcitonin
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
Used for
ProliaCalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Pagets Disease Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ProliaCalcitonin
  • Taking steroids
  • Kidney problems
  • Not taking calcium supplements
  • Taking other medicines that can lower calcium blood levels
  • History of hypoparathyroidism (low levels of parathyroid hormone)
Detailed Prolia (denosumab) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Pain
    ProliaCalcitonin
    • Can cause skin irritation, joint pain, limb pain, and back pain.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ProliaCalcitonin
    • Prolia (Denosumab) is effective at preventing bone loss, making your bones stronger and lowering your chance of getting a fracture.
    • Only need to get an injection every 6 months, so you don’t have to remember to take something every day.
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    Downsides and risks
    ProliaCalcitonin
    • Approved for women only after they’ve reached menopause. Don’t use this if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
    • Can lower blood calcium levels. You might need to take calcium supplements to prevent this.
    • Not available as a generic.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ProliaCalcitonin
    • Remember to get your shot every 6 months. Write it down on your calendar.
    • If your doctor also told you to take calcium and vitamin D, remember to take them as well. They'll work with Prolia (Denosumab) to help protect your bones.
    • Can cause skin irritation, joint pain, limb pain, and back pain.
    • Let your doctor know if you start getting more infections.
    • Let your dentist know that you’re taking Prolia (Denosumab) since it can cause problems in the jaw bone after dental procedures.
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