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(denosumab) for Subcutaneous Injection
Xgeva (denosumab) is a human IgG2 monoclonal antibody that binds to human RANKL. Denosumab has an approximate molecular weight of 147 kDa and is produced in genetically engineered mammalian (Chinese hamster ovary) cells.
Xgeva is a sterile, preservative-free, clear, colorless to pale yellow solution.
Each single-use vial of Xgeva contains 120 mg denosumab, acetate (18 mM), sorbitol (4.6%), Water for Injection (USP), and sodium hydroxide to a pH of 5.2.
What are the possible side effects of Xgeva (Xgeva)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth or in your fingers or toes, fast or slow heart rate, muscle cramps or contraction, overactive reflexes; or
- trouble breathing.
Less serious side effects may include:
- feeling weak or tired;
- diarrhea, nausea; or
This is not a complete list of...
What are the precautions when taking denosumab (Xgeva)?
Before using denosumab, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: low level of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia), kidney disease.
Some people using denosumab may have serious jawbone problems. Your doctor should check your mouth before you start this medication. Tell your dentist that you are using this medication before you have any dental work done. To help prevent jawbone problems, have regular dental exams and learn how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you have jaw pain,...
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/18/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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