Teriparatide has to be stored in the fridge where the temperature stays between 2-8oC. Do not use if teriparatide has been frozen. Each pre-filled pen can be used up to 28 days after the first injection. After the 28 day, discard the pen even if it contains some unused solution. Teriparatide is a clear and colourless liquid. Do not use if solid particles appear or if the solution is cloudy or coloured.
Patients who administer Forteo should receive appropriate training and instruction on the proper use of the device from a qualified healthcare professional.
You may be recommended to supplement vitamin D and calcium when you start this medication
During testing, teriparatide used in rats, developed osteosarcoma (bone cancer) with higher doses and longer periods of treatment. Osteosarcoma in human is serious but a very rare cancer. Before you use Forteo, inform your healthcare provider if you have Paget's disease of bone, unexplained elevation of alkaline phosphatase, are a child or young adult whose bones are still growing or have had radiation therapy.
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