Doctor Prescribing Prolia For My 89 Year Old Mother.

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Lin Says:

Does it make sense for my 89 year old mother to be put on Prolia? She has osteoarthritis, broke her hip 7 years ago but no fractures since. She claims dr told her drug will improve her immunity, but my reading about side effects indicate immunity can be compromised plus risk of several other side effects that someone her age should not have to be exposed to. Do pros outweigh cons for someone her age?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Lin! How is your mother?

No, this isn't to help with immunity, it's to treat or prevent osteoporosis. My guess is that the doctor is hoping to prevent any future fractures from occurring.

Aside from the side effects that are listed as being common, such as UTIs, constipation and rashes, the primary complaint I've read from actual users in posts like this is severe joint and muscle pain and to be honest, since she already suffers osteoarthritis, I'm not sure it would be good for her, it may make her totally miserable.

Thus, the best suggestion I can make is that you get a second opinion by consulting another doctor.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Lisa Says:

My mother is 80 with moderate dementia and has never broken a hip but after receiving prolia she has constant hip pain. To the point of disrupting her life. She doesn't sleep all night because of it and cannot enjoy being with family for very long. It is very hard to get her to exercise at all because of it. I would think very long and hard about quality of life before getting this injection. Wish we had known.

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