Warnings:

This medication has caused an increase in a type of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) in rats. It is unknown if it will increase the chance of bone cancer in humans. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of Paget's disease or other bone disease, increase in a certain enzyme in your blood (alkaline phosphatase), personal/family history of bone cancer, or radiation treatment. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication.

This medication should not be used by children and young adults whose bones are still growing, since they might have an increased risk of bone cancer.

In the United States, all doctors, pharmacies, and patients must follow the requirements of the Natpara REMS Program to receive this medication. If you live in Canada or any other country, ask your doctor and pharmacist for your country's requirements.

Warnings:

This medication has caused an increase in a type of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) in rats. It is unknown if it will increase the chance of bone cancer in humans. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of Paget's disease or other bone disease, increase in a certain enzyme in your blood (alkaline phosphatase), personal/family history of bone cancer, or radiation treatment. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication.

This medication should not be used by children and young adults whose bones are still growing, since they might have an increased risk of bone cancer.

In the United States, all doctors, pharmacies, and patients must follow the requirements of the Natpara REMS Program to receive this medication. If you live in Canada or any other country, ask your doctor and pharmacist for your country's requirements.

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Uses

This medication is a man-made form of parathyroid hormone, a natural substance made in your body by the parathyroid glands. Parathyroid hormone helps to regulate and maintain the balance of calcium and phosphorus in your body. This medication is used along with calcium and vitamin D to help control low blood calcium due to low levels of parathyroid hormone.

How to use

Read the Medication Guide and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using parathyroid hormone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional and the product package. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.

Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Avoid areas of the skin that are red or irritated. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin.

Inject this medication under the skin of your thigh as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Change the injection site to the opposite leg each day.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not stop using or change your dose of parathyroid hormone unless your doctor tells you to. Your calcium level could become too low or too high, causing serious side effects (see also Side Effects section). Your doctor will adjust your doses of vitamin D and calcium supplements while you are using this medication. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions for all your medications.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.

Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

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