Teriparatide (Forteo) is a synthetic version of the human parathyroid hormone, which helps to regulate calcium metabolism. It promotes the growth of new bone, while other osteoporosis medications improve bone density by inhibiting bone resorption, or breakdown. It is the only osteoporosis medicine approved by the FDA that rebuilds bone.
Forteo should be used only in men with osteoporosis and postmenopausal women.
Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
Are there ways to keep osteoporosis from worsening?
Can medications taken for other illnesses cause bone loss?
How can I prevent fractures?
How frequently should I have a bone density test?
How much calcium and vitamin D do I need every day, and how can I get enough of these nutrients?
How much exercise do I need to boost bone strength, and which exercises do you recommend?
Teriparatide (Forteo) is self-injected into the skin. Because long-term safety is not yet established, it is only FDA-approved for 24 months of use. It reduces spine fractures in women with known osteoporosis, but reduction of hip fracture risk is currently unproven.
Who Should Take Forteo?
Men who have osteoporosis and postmenopausal women can take Forteo.
Forteo is not used to prevent osteoporosis or to treat mild osteoporosis.
This drug should be used if you've had at least one bone fracture due to thinning bones, you are at high risk of fractures, or you haven't responded to other osteoporosis therapies.