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Doctor insights on: Forteo Needle Size

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Is it safe to use forteo now?

Is it safe to use forteo now?

Yes but only if. .: All supplements, herbs & medications have side effects. No such thing as a free lunch. Therefore, only use a medication if potential benefit (s) outweigh risks & side effects. Forteo (teriparatide) is used to increase bone strength in severe osteoporosis. It's given as a daily shot for up to 2yrs. After that, we worry about osteosarcoma in rats. But if you're not a rat, it appears to be safe 4 now. ...Read more

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What are doctors' opinions on forteo injections?

What are doctors' opinions on forteo injections?

Best bone drug: Forteo is the ONLY anabolic bone drug - directly causes new bone formation. The patient must be assessed to make sure he/she is a candidate for Forteo (certain patients shouldn't be treated with Forteo). But if the patient has no contraindications, it's the best, most potent drug for osteoporosis out there. Get enough calcium & vitamin D. Don't check blood calcium within 4 hours of taking Forteo. ...Read more

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What are forteo injections?

What are forteo injections?

Osteoporosis drug: Forteo is a medication which is used for men and women with osteoporosis who are or may be at risk for fragility fractures. This drug is injected and can lead to increased bone mass and strength. To determine if you would be a candidate for these injections, I would recommend initial consultation with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Due 2 be done with Forteo, but my med conditions don't let me be on many cause of crisis. What would be comparable to Forteo without complications?

Due 2 be done with Forteo, but my med conditions don't let me be on many cause of crisis. What would be comparable to Forteo without complications?

Varies: There are multiple osteoporosis meds from pills, to nasal sprays, injections; they all have a variety of different side affect profiles. Usually with your primary care doctor, you would select the medication that is most likely to be tolerated by you with the most potential benefit. ...Read more

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Is forteo drug for osteoporosis (injection pen) covered by medicaid? Any answer appreciated.

Yes: Most state Medicaid plans pay for Forteo with pre authorization If you have definite osteoporosis or compression fractures or other types of fractures you will be able to receive it ...Read more

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I have had my doctors prescribe forteo. There have been 28, 000 falls reported. Should I do it?

I have had my doctors prescribe forteo. There have been 28, 000 falls reported. Should I do it?

Yes if indicated: Forteo is usually prescribed to prevent spontaneous fracture from severe osteoporosis. You have either failed other treatments or were found to be so osteopoorotic you are at risk of breaking bones without falling. The benefit far outweighs the risk. Keep in minf if everyone who is prescribed Forteo is at risk for falling isn't it more likey the falls are related to the risk and not the injection. ...Read more

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Have long span final fusion with loosening hardware, told I have osteoporosis, dr. Wants me to go on forteo before he tries to do corrective sx, safe?

Safe and effective: Hi. I agree with your doc. As long as you have no contraindications to its use, Forteo is the best osteoporosis drug available. I ALWAYS do an initial evaluation to make sure that Forteo is OK to use. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if any of your physicians can tell me if Forteo is considered a biologic.?

I'm wondering if any of your physicians can tell me if Forteo is considered a biologic.?

Not exactly: The term "biologic" generally refers to humanized proteins or antibodies. Although Forteo is a synthesized hormone with biologic activity, it is not considered a "biologic". Another drug used for arthritis, Prolia, is a biologic. ...Read more

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What medical issues could preclude a patient from being a candidate to use forteo for osteoporosis?

What medical issues could preclude a patient from being a candidate to use forteo for osteoporosis?

Cost vs medical: Forteo is indicated for severe osteoporosis or for patients who failed bisphosponate therapy. However, it is contraindicated in patient with history of bone cancer, Paget disease, hypercalcemia or previous treatment with skeletal radiation. It is also very expensive. ...Read more

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Can forteo use in young adults?, doesn't it promote bone growth, then should be good for bone growth

Can forteo use in young adults?, doesn't it promote bone growth, then should be good for bone growth

Not for use in young: Forteo is FDA approved for the treatment of osteoporosis, which most typically occurs in elderly patients. Forteo has a black box warning due to the possible risk of osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer), and because of this risk it is not to be used in young patients. ...Read more

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I even taking daily injections of forteo. I'm 65, I've started to get sever hot flashes, possibly related to injectable? I'm 10 years past menopause,

I even taking daily injections of forteo. I'm 65, I've started to get sever hot flashes, possibly related to injectable? I'm 10 years past menopause,

Forteo: Probably not the cause of your symptoms. No harm will happen if you don't take Forteo for two weeks. If still in trouble don't re-start Forteo but do see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my Forteo injection hurt & bruise bad every so often? Not always Is it concerning? If it hurts when I poke, I pull out & goelsewhere then ok

Why does my Forteo injection hurt & bruise bad every so often? Not always Is it concerning? If it hurts when I poke, I pull out & goelsewhere then ok

Injection: Make sure the site is clean prior to injection. Some bruising can be normal. Some areas may be more sensitive to injection than others. Nothing that you are mentioning sounds alarming, however. Do you have low bone density per DEXA scan? You are fairly young to need Forteo. ...Read more

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It's a moral issue. Prescribed forteo prescription written for three months. Pharmacy refused to fill as written saying they lose $" dispensed monthly raises my?

It's a moral issue. Prescribed forteo prescription written for three months. Pharmacy refused to fill as written saying they lose $" dispensed monthly raises my?

Prescription woes: Most three month supplies of medications need to be mailed in, with most health insurances. Even if the prescription is written for 3 months, the pharmacies seem to only fill for a maximum of 30 days. ...Read more

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Why forteo doesn't use in teenager to have better bone growth as it promote bone growth?

Why forteo doesn't use in teenager to have better bone growth as it promote bone growth?

Not for use in young: Forteo is FDA approved for the treatment of osteoporosis, which most typically occurs in elderly patients. Forteo has a black box warning due to the possible risk of osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer), and because of this risk it is not to be used in young patients. ...Read more

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Are there specific lab tests that should be done before starting forteo? What are. Potential adverse side effects?

Are there specific lab tests that should be done before starting forteo? What are. Potential adverse side effects?

Forteo: Yes -- serum calcium, phosphate, magnesium, albumin, urea, creatinine, parathyroid hormone, vitamin D, electrolyte panel, and ionized calcium. Potential side effects are dose dependent. Can elevate blood calcium, promote kidney stones, amplify bone discomfort. But is generally safe ...Read more

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Adrenal Insuf, NO immunity, MANY med iss. Finished Forteo DON'T want 2 take Reclast/Prolia. Endo mad at me. But, is there anything else?

Adrenal Insuf, NO immunity, MANY med iss. Finished Forteo DON'T want 2 take Reclast/Prolia. Endo mad at me. But, is there anything else?

This is a LOT of: Information. I see that you make many submissions on Health Tap. It is important to remember that we can NOT diagnose or make medical / medication recommendations/ treatment on the general Health Education portion of HealthTap. Health Tap Prime or Concierge can be used for that purpose. ...Read more

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Myasthenia Gravis, NOW severe osteoporosis &supposed to start Forteo shots daily! I'm scared as I DON'T want MG flare. Do u foresee any risks?

Myasthenia Gravis, NOW severe osteoporosis &supposed to start Forteo shots daily! I'm scared as I DON'T want MG flare. Do u foresee any risks?

No: Don't see any unusual risk from Forteo because of MG. It is important for you to get your osteoporosis treated since a major fracture will be devastating to someone who already has problem with muscle strength. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take forteo while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take forteo while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Forteo changes your parathyroid hormone levels. It has never been tested in pregnancy. The prescription of the drug is essentially incompatible with the period of life when a women is fertile. It should not be used in pregnancy or lactation. If you have accidentally used it for a short time when pregnant, you should know that it seems unlikely to cause harm but this is certainly unproved. ...Read more

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Been taking Forteo since 10/14, some concern by MD might be pagets. Is there a definite test for pagets?

Been taking Forteo since 10/14, some concern by MD might be pagets. Is there a definite test for pagets?

Yes: Pagers disease has presently characteristic findings on radiologic studies and blood work. Usually the alkaline phosphates se will be markedly elevated and there will be findings in CT and bone scans. If there is still question, a biopsy can be done though it is rarely needed. ...Read more

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I'm on Forteo for insuffiecncy fx after spinal fusion. What side effects should I bring to physicians attn?

I'm on Forteo for insuffiecncy fx after spinal fusion. What side effects should I bring to physicians attn?

Forteo: Any side effects you notice after your bone density test and on Forteo you must bring to the attention of your doctor.

You might want to stop Forteo for a few days till you see your doctor. There will no bone loss off Forteo for a few days. ...Read more

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I started forteo, but after third shot got a local rxn. Happens 3 hrs after and gone next am. Doc says see allergist for desensitization. Common?

I started forteo, but after third shot got a local rxn. Happens 3 hrs after and gone next am. Doc says see allergist for desensitization. Common?

Not uncommon: Minor injection site reactions are not uncommon with forteo. However, if you experience any systemic symptoms, such as generalized rash, swelling (particularly around the face and mouth), shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, etc. You should seed medical attention immediately. ...Read more