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Teriparatide

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Forteo®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Forteo®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat soft, brittle bones (osteoporosis).
    • Teriparatide helps bone mass and strength.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
    • Follow what your doctor has told you to do.
    • Sit down before use.
    • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
    • Protect from light.
    • Throw away any part of the solution not used after 1 month.
    • For facts about storing this drug during travel go to: http://www.forteo.com/Pages/consumer_traveling.aspx

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Large doses of teriparatide in animals caused more bone cancer. Do not take this drug if you have Paget's disease, a rise in alkaline phosphatase, radiation therapy of bones, or growing bones.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to teriparatide or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have had a stroke, talk with your doctor.
    • Have a bone density test. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Limit your drinking of wine, beer, or mixed drinks.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Headache.
    • Leg cramps.
    • Muscle pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Nose stuffiness.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Very bad dizziness.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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