Generic Name: Teriparatide (ter i PAR a tide)
Brand Name: Forteo
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 24, 2020.
- This medicine caused a higher rate of bone cancer in rats. This effect was based on the dose and how long Forteo (teriparatide) was used. 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, or a history of bone cancer or radiation therapy of bones. Do not take Forteo (teriparatide) if your bones have not yet stopped growing. Call your doctor right away if you have bone pain, any pain 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?
- If you are allergic to Forteo (teriparatide); any part of Forteo (teriparatide); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: High calcium levels or overactive parathyroid gland.
- If you have bone problems other than osteoporosis.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Forteo (teriparatide).
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Forteo (teriparatide).
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 Forteo (teriparatide) 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 (teriparatide). 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 Forteo (teriparatide) 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 (teriparatide) while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Forteo) best taken?
Use Forteo (teriparatide) 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.
- 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 (teriparatide) 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.
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, swallowing, 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, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, constipation, or bone pain.
- Back pain, belly pain, or blood in the urine. May be signs of a kidney stone.
- 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:
- Feeling dizzy, tired, or weak.
- Upset stomach.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Joint pain.
- Runny nose.
- 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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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.
- Do not use if it has been frozen.
- After opening, throw away any part not used after 28 days.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- 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.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Forteo (teriparatide) is refilled. If you have any questions about Forteo (teriparatide), 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: parathyroid hormone and analogs