Forteo Side Effects
Generic name: teriparatide
Note: This document contains side effect information about teriparatide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Forteo.
Some side effects of Forteo may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to teriparatide: subcutaneous solution
Along with its needed effects, teriparatide (the active ingredient contained in Forteo) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Also, because of the way these medicines act on the body, there is a chance that they might cause other unwanted effects that may not occur until months or years after the medicine is used. These delayed effects may include certain types of cancer, such as bone cancer. Discuss these possible effects with your doctor.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking teriparatide:More common
- Abdominal pain
- dry mouth
- incoherent speech
- increased urination
- loss of appetite
- metallic taste
- muscle weakness
- unusual tiredness
- weight loss
- Arm, back, or jaw pain
- chest pain or discomfort
- chest tightness or heaviness
- difficult or labored breathing
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- fever or chills
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- tightness in the chest
- Hives or welts
- redness of the skin
- skin rash
- swelling or puffiness of the mouth and face
Some side effects of teriparatide may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Acid or sour stomach
- blurred vision
- body aches or pain
- difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
- difficulty with moving
- lack or loss of strength
- muscle pain or stiffness
- muscle spasm
- pain in the joints
- pounding in the ears
- runny nose
- tender, swollen glands in the neck
- trouble with swallowing
- voice changes
- Abdominal or stomach cramps
- back pain
- feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- feeling sad or empty
- lack of appetite
- leg cramps
- loss of interest or pleasure
- neck pain
- sensation of spinning
- swollen mouth and tongue
- tooth disorder
- trouble concentrating
- trouble sleeping
- unpleasant taste
- urge to have bowel movement
- Pain at the place of injection during or following the injection
- tingling feeling in the hands and feet
- urge for bowel movement
- Bruising at the injection site
- minor bleeding at the injection site
- unusually warm skin
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to teriparatide: subcutaneous device
Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension, angina pectoris, and syncope.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgias and leg cramps. Postmarketing reports have included muscle spasms, such as of the leg or back (between 1 and 10 patients per 100 patients treated).
Nervous system side effects have included dizziness, depression, insomnia, and vertigo.
Respiratory system side effects have included rhinitis, increased cough, pharyngitis, and pneumonia.
Dermatologic side effects have included rash and sweating.
General side effects have included pain, headache, asthenia, and neck pain. Pain at the injection site has also be reported.
Endocrine side effects have included transient hypoparathyroidism.
Hypersensitivity side effects have included postmarketing reports of possible allergic events soon after injection: acute dyspnea, oro/facial edema, generalized urticaria, chest pain (less than 1 in 1000 patients treated).
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