Forteo

Generic Name: Teriparatide

  • What is Forteo?

    Forteo is a medicine used in both men and postmenopausal women with osteoporosis (thin, weak bones) who have had a fracture related to osteoporosis, are at high risk for having fractures, or cannot use other osteoporosis treatments.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Forteo?

    Forteo should not be used to prevent osteoporosis.

    The safety and effectiveness of Forteo have not been evaluated beyond 2 years of treatment. Consequently, use of the drug for more than 2 years is not recommended.

  • Who should not take Forteo?

    Do not use Forteo if you have Paget's disease of the bone (a painful condition that weakens and deforms the bones), have ever been diagnosed with bone cancer or other cancers that have spread to your bones, have had radiation therapy involving your bones, certain bone diseases, too much calcium in your blood, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you are a child or growing adult. Also, do not use Forteo if you have had an allergic reaction to Forteo or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Forteo?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Forteo. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have or have had kidney stones, bone disease, too much calcium in your blood, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 20 micrograms (mcg) given as an injection into your thigh or abdomen once daily.

  • How should I take Forteo?

    Read the Medication Guide and delivery device (pen) user manual that accompany the drug before starting therapy with Forteo and reread both each time the prescription is renewed.

    Forteo is administered as an injection into the thigh or abdomen. Inject Forteo right after you take the delivery device out of the refrigerator.

    Make sure you sit or lie down if symptoms of orthostatic hypotension (sudden fall in blood pressure) occur.

    Forteo is a clear and colorless liquid. Do not use if solid particles appear or if the solution is cloudy or colored.

    You can take Forteo with or without food or drink and at any time of the day. To help you remember to take Forteo, take it at about the same time each day. Talk to your doctor about the correct way to inject Forteo and how to rotate injection sites.

  • What should I avoid while taking Forteo?

    Forteo can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

    Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking while taking Forteo.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Forteo?

    If Forteo is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Forteo with digoxin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Forteo?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: constipation, dizziness, fast heartbeat, increased calcium in the blood, injection-site redness/swelling/pain/bruising, joint aches, leg cramps, low energy, nausea, vomiting

    If you have continuing nausea, vomiting, constipation, low energy, or muscle weakness, call your doctor because these may be signs that you may have too much calcium in your blood.

  • Can I receive Forteo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Forteo during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Forteo?

    If you forget or are unable to take Forteo at your usual time, take it as soon as possible on that day. Do not inject more than one dose in the same day.

  • How should I store Forteo?

    Keep the Forteo pen in the refrigerator. Do not freeze the pen. Recap the pen when not in use to protect the cartridge from physical damage and light. The Forteo pen has 28 doses. Throw away the Forteo delivery device after 28 days even if it has medicine in it (see the device's User Manual).

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