How Strong Are Your Bones?
About half of all women over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their remaining lifetime. For many people, a broken bone from a minor fall is the first clue that they have osteoporosis. And if you've had one broken bone due to osteoporosis, your risk for having another one goes up.
Women who have had a hip fracture are 4 times more likely to have another.
Almost 20% of women who break a bone in their spine will have another spine fracture within 12 months.
Being Careful May Not Be Enough
If your osteoporosis has become so severe that you've had a fracture, you could break another bone doing everyday activities you've done for years. Lifting a laundry basket, a gallon of milk, or a bag of groceries the wrong way, or taking a wrong step on the stairs—any of these things can cause you to fracture again.
Aside from already having had a fracture due to osteoporosis, some other factors that can put you at higher risk for osteoporotic fractures include older age and low bone mineral density.
FORTEO Is the Only Bone-Building (or Anabolic) Osteoporosis Medicine
See the difference FORTEO can make when it comes to building bone:
This small sample of bone was taken from the iliac crest (upper part of the pelvis) of a postmenopausal patient with osteoporosis and viewed using microscopic imaging technology (CT).†
After 21 months of treatment with FORTEO, another sample taken from the same patient shows new bone has been formed.
† Bone biopsies were obtained from a subgroup of 51 women who participated in a clinical study of 1,637 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis (of whom 90% had a spine fracture). In the overall study, 541 women took a daily 20-mcg dose of FORTEO and 544 took a placebo for a median time of 19 months and a maximum of 24 months (all women took calcium and vitamin D daily).
FORTEO Helps Build New Bone
- FORTEO helps increase bone mass.
- FORTEO also helps increase bone strength.
- FORTEO is similar to part of a protein your body produces.
FORTEO Helps Increase BMD. FORTEO Also Helps Reduce the Risk of Future Fractures Due to Osteoporosis.*
*Only proven in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.
In a clinical study of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who were at high risk for fracture, FORTEO‡:
- Increased bone mineral density (BMD) in the lumbar spine by 9.7% in a median time of 19 months.
- Reduced the risk of new spine fractures by 65% RRR (9.3% ARR).
- Reduced the risk of new fractures in other bones by 53% RRR (2.9% ARR). These other bones included the ankle/foot, hip, upper arm, pelvis, ribs, wrist, and others.
‡ In a clinical study of FORTEO involving 1,637 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis (of whom 90% had a spine fracture), 541 women took a daily 20-mcg dose of FORTEO and 544 took a placebo for a median time of 19 months. All women took calcium and vitamin D daily.
RRR=Relative Risk Reduction. ARR=Absolute Risk Reduction.
Find out even more by visiting FORTEO.com. And remember to ask your doctor if it's time to take action with FORTEO.
Questions for Your Doctor about FORTEO
It's important to maintain open communication with your healthcare team. Use this interactive Doctor Discussion Guide to start a conversation about how you can help reduce your high risk for fracture.
- Select your questions below.
- Click the PREVIEW button when you're happy with your question selection.
- Print the questions for your doctor.
- What do you expect FORTEO to do for me?
- What does "reduced fracture risk" mean for my everyday activities?
- What's my T-score and how can I improve it?
- Is there a high risk I can break a bone due to osteoporosis?
- How can I learn to give myself FORTEO?
- Will my insurance cover FORTEO?
- Are there financial assistance programs to help cover prescription costs?
- What kind of exercises and activities can I pursue?
- How can I add more calcium and vitamin D to my diet?
- What are some tips for healthy living with osteoporosis?
- What can happen if my osteoporosis gets worse?
- Do you think FORTEO is a treatment option for me?
- How do I take FORTEO?
- How does FORTEO work?
- How is FORTEO different from other osteoporosis medications?
- Why do I need to inject my medication instead of taking a pill?
- How long will I need to be on FORTEO?
- How will I know FORTEO is working?
- What are the potential side effects and risks associated with FORTEO?
- Should I make lifestyle changes while on FORTEO?
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