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Forteo

Generic Name: Teriparatide (ter i PAR a tide)
Brand Name: Forteo

  • This medicine caused bone cancer in rats. The chance was higher with high doses. It is not known if the chance of bone cancer will be raised in humans. Do not take Forteo (teriparatide) if you have Paget's disease, a rise in alkaline phosphatase, radiation therapy of bones, bone cancer, or growing bones. Call your doctor right away if you have bone pain, pain anywhere that does not go away, a lump, or swelling under your skin that is tender.

Uses of Forteo:

  • It is used to treat soft, brittle bones (osteoporosis).

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Forteo?

For all patients taking this medicine:

  • If you have an allergy to teriparatide or any other part of Forteo.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: High calcium levels or overactive parathyroid gland.
  • If you have bone problems other than osteoporosis.

Children:

  • If the patient is a child. Do not give this medicine to a child.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Forteo.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Forteo?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Forteo. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
  • Have a bone density test as you have been told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not take this medicine for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • Take calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • If you smoke, talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Forteo while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Forteo) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin on the top of the thigh or the belly area.
  • If you will be giving yourself the shot, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to give the shot.
  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • Do not use if solution changes color.
  • Sit down before use.
  • Take Forteo at the same time of day.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. Do not reuse needles or other items. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it on the same day you missed the dose.
  • If you do not think about the missed dose until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high or low blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, change in eyesight.
  • Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, hard stools (constipation), or bone pain.
  • Back pain, belly pain, or blood in the urine. May be signs of a kidney stone.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Muscle weakness.

What are some other side effects of Forteo?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Dizziness.
  • Joint pain.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Runny nose.
  • Cough.
  • Throat irritation.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Forteo?

  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Put back in the refrigerator right after each use.
  • Throw away any part not used after 28 days.
  • Do not use if it has been frozen.
  • For facts about storing this medicine during travel go to: http://www.forteo.com/Pages/consumer_traveling.aspx
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Forteo is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Forteo (teriparatide) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Forteo. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: November 1, 2017

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